Herbert Diess was born in Munich on October 24, 1958.
He studied vehicle technology at Munich University of Applied Sciences from 1977 and then mechanical engineering at Munich Technical University from 1978 to 1983.
After obtaining his degree in engineering, Diess was a scientific assistant at the Institute for Tool Machines and Plant Management of Munich Technical University, where he obtained a doctorate in the field of assembly automation in 1987. From 1988, he headed the Assembly Automation Department of the Institute for Tool Machines and Plant Management.
In 1989, he continued his career with Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. In 1990, he was appointed Technical Director, Planning and Maintenance, of the Robert Bosch plant at Treto in Spain, where he was General Manager from 1993.
In 1996, Diess joined BMW AG in Munich as Director, Long-Term and Structural Planning. From 1997, he headed the Process Consulting Department, first in the Production Division and later in the Engineering and Technology Division. He was then assigned to the UK, where he was Director of BMW’s Birmingham plant from 1999; one year later, he became Director of the BMW plant in Oxford. In 2003, he was appointed Director of BMW Motorcycles.
In 2007, he became Member of the Board of Management, Purchasing and Supplier Network, and, in 2012, Member of the Board of Management, Development, of BMW AG.
Effective July 1, 2015, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Dr. Herbert Diess Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
Dr. Arno Antlitz was born March 30, 1970 in Premich, Lower Franconia, Germany. He studied industrial engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt, specializing in mechanical engineering, and earned his doctorate in political science (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU).
In 1999, he started at the business consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was last employed as an Associate Principal. His areas of emphasis included strategy, organization optimization and cost optimization in the automotive and supplier industries.
Dr. Antlitz joined Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft in 2004. Early in 2005, he was given responsibility for global product controlling at Volkswagen brand.
The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Gunnar Kilian as Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with functional responsibility for 'Human Resources and Organization' effective April, 13, 2018.
Kilian was born January 31, 1975 in Westerland/Sylt and has worked for the Volkswagen Group since 2000. He started his professional career in 1995 as an intern with a newspaper, subsequently holding various editorial posts before joining Volkswagen AG as a public relations officer in 2000.
From 2003, Kilian ran the office of a member of the German Bundestag, and returned to Volkswagen AG in 2006 as press spokesperson for the Group Works Council. He worked in the Salzburg office of the Chairman of the Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board from 2012 before returning to Wolfsburg in 2013 to take up the post of Secretary-General and General Manager of the Group Works Council.
Kilian also held Supervisory Board mandates at Wolfsburg AG, Porsche Holding Stuttgart GmbH, Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Allianz für die Region GmbH as well as Volkswagen Vertriebsbetreuungsgesellschaft and MOIA GmbH.
Kilain has engaged in voluntary work for many years, for example as Chairman of the Volkswagen Belegschaftsstiftung (Volkswagen Employee Foundation) and also as a member of the Stiftungsrat (Board of Trustees) of the International Youth Meeting Center in Auschwitz.
Ralf Brandstätter was born in Brunswick on September 8, 1968. He holds a degree in industrial engineering and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1993. Following positions in international project steering in the procurement division, as an assistant to the Board of Management in the General Secretariat and as head of procurement, inter alia for Group powertrain components and as project manager for new vehicle projects, he was appointed head of procurement at SEAT in 2005. He became the member of the SEAT Executive Committee responsible for Purchasing in 2008. Brandstätter was named Head of Group Procurement Exterieur in 2010. From 2012 until October 2015 Mr Brandstätter was chief procurement officer for production start-up. Since October 2015 he has been a general manager of the Volkswagen AG and since December 2015 member of the board of Volkswagen for the business area procurement. Ralf Brandstätter has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Volkswagen brand effective August 1, 2018. In this newly-created function, Brandstätter will lead the Volkswagen brand’s operating business.
Jürgen Stackmann (born 1961) has been the member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Sales, Marketing and After Sales’ since November 1, 2015.
Jürgen Stackmann qualified as a bank clerk and is a business administration graduate. He began his career with Ford in 1989, where he held various posts in Germany and the UK, including Marketing Director for Ford in Germany, Vice-President Marketing at Ford Europe in London and finally General Manager Sales and Marketing, Ford Germany.
Stackmann joined the Volkswagen Group in 2010, initially as Member of the brand Board of Management of ŠKODA AUTO a.s. with responsibility for Sales and Marketing. Effective from September 2012, Stackmann was appointed Head of Marketing at the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, a post he held until he became Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT S.A. on May 1, 2013. Stackmann has been the member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for ‘Sales, Marketing and After Sales’ since November 1, 2015.
Thomas Schmall was appointed member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for ‘Components' effective January 1, 2015.
Thomas Schmall was born in Frankfurt on January 9, 1964. After graduating from school he studied business management and work and organizational psychology at the University of Gießen.
The business studies graduate joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991. Following posts in industrial engineering in Wolfsburg, Mexico and South Africa, Schmall moved to Volkswagen do Brasil in 1999, becoming manager of the Curitiba plant one year later.
Schmall joined Volkswagen Slovakia as Board member for Engineering in 2003, becoming Chairman of Volkswagen Slovakia based at the Bratislava plant two years later.
Thomas Schmall was appointed President and CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil in 2007. In 2009, Schmall was elected Vice President of the São Paulo Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce, and has since held responsibility for its Communication Committee. He was elected President of the Chamber in March 2013. He continued to hold this function in addition to his responsibilities as Brand Board of Management member for ‘Components' until the end of March 2015.
Dr. Andreas Tostmann was appointed Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for Production and Logistics with effect from February 1, 2018.
Born in Peine (Germany) in 1962, Dr. Tostmann holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a degree in Economics from the University Braunschweig.
In 1990 he joined the Volkswagen Group in the Group product planning area. From 1994 Dr. Tostmann was then responsible for product planning powertrain at Volkswagen de México. He assumed responsibility for technical project planning and project management powertrain for the Volkswagen Group in 1995, before becoming manager of Volkswagen's Salzgitter (Germany) plant in 2001. Three years later, Dr. Tostmann became Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa.
He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Slovakia in 2007. In this function, Dr. Tostmann also assumed responsibility for production until November 2011. Following this, he became SEAT Executive Vice President for Production, a post he held until he assumed his current position at the Volkswagen brand.
With effect from February 1st, 2018, Thomas Ulbrich was appointed Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for the new Board of Management division for E-Mobility.
Thomas Ulbrich was born on April 12, 1966. He is married and has two sons. After school and qualification as an automotive mechanic in 1986, he studied automotive engineering at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
In 1992, the engineering graduate started his career in plant logistics at Wolfsburg, where he assumed a management role in 1995. In 1996, he became head of logistics at FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun, China. Two years later he assumed responsibility for assembly segment II at the Wolfsburg plant before becoming head of plant logistics at Emden in 1999.
The next stage of his career took him to AUTO 5000 GmbH in Wolfsburg, where he was technical managing director and speaker of the management board from 2001 to 2008. He became Board of Management member for Production at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover in 2008.
After two years in Hanover, Ulbrich moved to Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Co., China, as Technical Executive Vice President in 2010, taking charge of production and logistics at a total of five locations.
From April 2014 until January 2018 Ulbrich was responsible for Production and Logistics as Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand.
Frank Welsch was born on 8 July 1964 in Cologne, Germany. He studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and then obtained his PhD at the Institute for Engineering Design at RWTH Aachen.
Dr. Welsch's professional career began in 1994 at Volkswagen Group Research in the field of vehicle concepts. After four years, Dr. Welsch moved to Technical Development at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, where he was a section manager responsible for the development of the body structure of the Golf and Phaeton models.
From the year 2000, he was in charge of the development department for body structure design, including the platform for all Volkswagen passenger car models. Three years later, Dr. Welsch became Head of Exterior Body Development for Volkswagen passenger car models. This meant that his responsibility extended to the departments for body and door development as well as add-on parts such as bumpers, windows and roof systems.
In 2006, Dr. Welsch took over the body development (exterior, interior and lighting) for the Volkswagen models Passat, CC, Eos, Sharan, Touareg and Phaeton. In 2009, he moved to Shanghai Volkswagen, where he managed Technical Development for a period of two years. Dr. Welsch then returned to Wolfsburg in 2011 and assumed overall responsibility for vehicle body development (exterior, interior, lighting and vehicle safety) for all model series of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
In September 2012, Dr. Frank Welsch moved to Skoda Auto a.s., where, as a Member of the Board of Management, he was in charge of Technical Development in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.
Since December 2015, Dr. Welsch has been a Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Technical Development.