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Senior Management

Management Board

Currently the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG comprises nine members. Each Board Member is responsible for one or more functions within the Volkswagen Group. Matthias Müller is the Chairman.

The work of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG is supported by the boards of the brands and regions as well as by the other group business units and holdings.

Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG

  • Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG

    Matthias Müller was born in Chemnitz (Saxony) on June 9, 1953.

    Müller completed his high school education in Ingolstadt followed by an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with AUDI AG. After his apprenticeship, he studied computer science at Munich University of Applied Sciences.

    After obtaining his master's degree (Diplom-Informatiker), Müller resumed his career with AUDI AG in 1978.

    In 1984, Müller became Head of the Systems Analysis Division.

    He completed practical training at the Japanese Ministry for International Trade and Industry (MITI) in Tokyo in 1992.

    In 1993, Müller was appointed Head of Project Management A3 at AUDI AG. He became Head of Product Management of AUDI AG, Seat and Lamborghini in 1995.

    From 2007, Müller was Head of Product Management of the Volkswagen Group and the VW brand as well as General Representative of the Volkswagen Group.

    From 2010 until September 30, 2015, Matthias Müller was Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

    In his function as Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Matthias Müller was appointed Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft with effect from March 1, 2015.

    Matthias Müller was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft by the Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft with effect from September 25, 2015.

Members of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG

  • Dr. Karlheinz Blessing, Functional Responsibility 'Human Resources and Organization'

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Dr. Karlheinz Blessing as Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Human Resources and Organization' effective January 1, 2016.

    Blessing was born May 12, 1957 in Eislingen/Fils (Baden-Württemberg). After his Abitur he studied business administration and economics until 1981 at the University of Konstanz and earned a degree in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt). Following subsequent postgraduate studies in management sciences, he completed his doctoral work in 1984 for a Doctor of Social and Economic Sciences (Dr. rer. soc.) degree.

    In 1984, Dr. Blessing began his career in the IG Metall Board of Management administration office, where, from October 1986, he was Director of the Organization department in the Board of Management of IG Metall and held responsibility for coordinating the Board's duties.

    From May 1991 until August 1993, he was General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). From 1994 Dr. Blessing was a member of the Board of Management and Labor Director of AG der Dillinger Hüttenwerke as well as a member of the Board of Management of Holding DHS – Dillinger Hütte Saarstahl AG. From 2007, he also carried out this function at Saarstahl AG.

    In 2011, Blessing was appointed Chairman and member of the Board of Management of Dillinger Hütte as well as of DHS – Dillinger Hütte Saarstahl AG. Until June 2012, he was also the Board of Management member responsible for sales and distribution. His was reappointed for a further five-year-term in May 2015.

    Status: January, 2016

  • Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand

    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.

    Status: June 30, 2015

  • Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, Functional Responsibility 'Integrity and Legal Affairs'

    Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt was born in Leipzig on April 30, 1950.

    After leaving high school, she studied law at the University of Tübingen, passing the second state examination in law in 1975. She was then a lecturer in social law at the University of Hamburg until 1977. From 1977 until 1981, she was a lecturer at the Department of Civil and Labor Law of Frankfurt University, where she obtained a doctorate in 1979. She was also a lecturer at the Labor Academy in Frankfurt.

    In 1981, she continued her career as a judge at the Social Courts of Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden and the State Social Court of Hessen. In 1984, Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt was appointed Director of the Social Court in Wiesbaden. She was a deputy judge of the Constitutional Court of the State of Hessen from 1988 until 1989. In 1989, she was Head of the Department of Social Affairs, Youth and Housing of the City of Frankfurt am Main.

    She was Minister of Justice of the State of Hessen from 1991 until 1995 and Minister of Science and the Arts of the State of Hessen from 1995 until 1999.

    Hohmann-Dennhardt was a judge of the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court from January 1999 until February 2011.

    In February 2011, she was appointed as Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for the newly created function of Integrity and Legal Affairs.

    With effect from January 1, 2016, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt as Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs.

    Status: January 2016

  • Dr. rer. pol. h. c. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Functional Responsibility 'Procurement'

    With effect from July 1, 2001, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Procurement'. He performs these duties in addition to his tasks as member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand responsible for 'Procurement', a function assigned to Garcia Sanz on November 30, 1996.

    Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEAT, S.A. (Barcelona) in June 2007. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH on June 1, 2009.

    Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, born on May 6, 1957 in Madrid (Spain), left school with a general certificate of education in 1974 and trained as a wholesale and export clerk at Rewe Handelsgesellschaft mbH in Mainz-Hechtsheim, completing this training in 1976. He then studied Business Management at the Business School in Wiesbaden.

    Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz started his professional career as a purchasing clerk at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim in 1979. In 1980, he was appointed purchasing coordinator at GM España in Zaragoza (Spain), and three years later Group Leader 'Purchasing M + E' at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim.

    From 1986 until 1988 he was chemicals purchasing agent at Opel in Rüsselsheim, subsequently holding the position of Director Supply and Export at GM Turkey in Izmir (Turkey) for two years. In 1990, Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was appointed Purchasing Executive GM Europe (Electric) at GM Europe. From 1992 to March 1993 he was Executive Director World Wide Purchasing at GM Corporation in Detroit (USA).

    Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was responsible for Group 'Procurement Electrics/Electronics' from December 1993 to the end of 1996. In addition to these duties, he was a Member of the Managing Board of SEAT, S.A. in Spain from September 8, 1995 to December 31, 1996.

    On November 19, 2008 Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz was named an honorary doctorate of the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart.

    Status: February, 2014

  • Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Jochem Heizmann, Functional Responsibility 'China'

    With effect from September 1, 2012, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Jochem Heizmann member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'China'. In addition, he holds the position of President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

    Prof. Dr. Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Group Commercial Vehicles' from October 1, 2010 until August 31, 2012. From February 1, 2007 until September 30, 2010 Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Group Production'. Additionally, from October 1, 2007, until September 30, 2009, Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen brand with responsibility for 'Production and Logistics'. Furthermore, he was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for projects in Russia and India as well as for the development of new production facilities in the USA and China.

    Jochem Heizmann was born on January 31, 1952 in Speyer, Germany.

    After graduating from school in Speyer, he completed a degree in industrial engineering at Karlsruhe University (TH) in 1975. He worked there as an academic assistant and was granted a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in 1980. Jochem Heizmann was employed at Karlsruhe University as a chief engineer with various teaching posts and also as a freelance business consultant until the beginning of 1982.

    Jochem Heizmann began his career in the car manufacturing industry in 1982 at Audi NSU AUTO UNION AG in Ingolstadt, Germany. He was initially appointed head of the work systems department. Until 1991, he was employed in various other managerial roles, including head of the technological development department, followed by the assembly (vehicle production) department.

    In October 1991, Jochem Heizmann transferred to Volkswagen AG and took up the position of head of central industrial engineering and planning for components in Wolfsburg. In August 1993, he was appointed head of production planning at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

    In this position, Jochem Heizmann was responsible for planning, series production start-up, and commissioning of production facilities for new vehicles and engines worldwide. He was also responsible for tool and dye at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg.

    On January 1, 2000, Jochem Heizmann was appointed general technical manager and spokesman for the management of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH and Volkswagen Sachsen Immobilienverwaltung GmbH. In this position, Jochem Heizmann was responsible for the vehicle plant in Zwickau and for the engine factory in Chemnitz.

    From February 2001 until the end of January 2007, Jochem Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG responsible for 'Production'. Jochem Heizmann was made a guest professor of Tongji University in Shanghai on March 16, 2004. On December 1, 2006, Heizmann was named an honorary professor of the mechanical engineering faculty at Chemnitz University of Technology. On October 14, 2010, Heizmann received an honorary doctorate with the academic title of Dr.-Ing. E. h. from Chemnitz University of Technology.

    Status: June 2014

  • Andreas Renschler, Functional Responsibility 'Commercial Vehicles'

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Andreas Renschler as member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Commercial Vehicles' effective February 1, 2015.

    Andreas Renschler was born on March 29, 1958 in Stuttgart (Germany).

    After completing his training as a banker (1979) and graduating with degrees in business engineering (1983) and business administration (1987), Renschler began his career at Daimler-Benz AG in 1988. Following various posts at Daimler-Benz AG he took charge of the M Class unit, serving as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US.

    He returned to Germany in 1999 as Senior Vice President, Executive Management Development, at the company then known as DaimlerChrysler AG. Renschler was appointed President of smart GmbH in the same year.

    He was assigned to Mitsubishi Motors in Japan in spring 2004 and subsequently named member of the Daimler AG Board of Management with responsibility for the Daimler Trucks Division. He was appointed member of the Daimler AG Board of Management in charge of Manufacturing and Procurement at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans in 2013.

    Status: February 2015

  • Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG

    Rupert Stadler was born on 17 March 1963 in Titting (Bavaria).

    Stadler studied Business Management, majoring in Corporate Planning/Controllership and Finance, Banking and Investment, at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences.

    After graduating in Business Management, Stadler started his career at Philips Kommunikation Industrie AG in Nuremberg.

    In 1990 Stadler joined AUDI AG, Ingolstadt, where he assumed various controlling tasks in the Sales and Marketing area.

    Stadler switched to Volkswagen/Audi España SA, Barcelona, as Commercial Director in 1994. In that capacity, he was responsible for Controllership, Accounts, Personnel and Organisation.

    From 1997 Stadler was Head of the Board of Management's Office for the Volkswagen Group, and additionally Head of Group Product Planning from January 2002.

    Rupert Stadler became AUDI AG Board Member with effect from 1 January 2003. From 1 April 2003 until 31 August 2007 Stadler was responsible for the Finance and Organisation Division.

    Rupert Stadler became Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG on 1 January 2007.

    Rupert Stadler joined the Board of Management of Volkswagen on 1 January 2010 in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

    In November 2012 Rupert Stadler was appointed an honorary professor for Business Administration by the University of St. Gallen.

    Status: January 2012

  • Frank Witter, Functional Responsibility 'Finance and Controlling'  

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG transferred responsibility for Finance and Controlling at Group level in the Board of Management to Frank Witter with effect from October 7, 2015.

    Witter was born on May 29, 1959. He holds a degree in business administration and has been with the Volkswagen Group since 1992. After training as a qualified savings bank officer, Frank Witter studied economics at the University of Hannover. He joined Volkswagen AG in 1992, heading the capital markets business section at the Group Treasury until 1998. He subsequently became Treasurer at Volkswagen of America Inc., Volkswagen Canada Inc., VW Credit Inc. and their subsidiaries in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.A.

    From 2001 to 2002 Witter served as Corporate Treasurer at SAirGroup in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2002 he became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Volkswagen of America Inc., Volkswagen Canada Inc., VW Credit Inc. and their subsidiaries. From the beginning of 2005 he held the function of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Volkswagen of America Inc. and Volkswagen Canada Inc. He was the Group's Executive Manager and Chief Representative for the region of North America from July 2006 to September 2007.

    From October 2007 to mid-September 2008, Frank Witter served as President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of VW Credit Inc. and was Regional Manager for the American markets of Volkswagen Financial Services AG. Frank Witter was Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Financial Services AG from September 2008.

    Status: October 7, 2015    

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for monitoring the Management and approving important corporate decisions. Moreover, it appoints the Members of the Board of Management.

The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG comprises 20 members and conforms to the German Co-determination Act. 

Members of the Supervisory Board

Hans Dieter Pötsch
Chairman
2015-10-07
Dr. Hussain Ali Al-Abdulla
Vice Chairman of Qatar Holding LLC
2010-04-22
Dr. Hessa Sultan Al-Jaber
Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Qatar
2016-06-22
Birgit Dietze
Union Secretary at the IG Metall Board
2016-06-01
Annika Falkengren
President and Group Chief Executive of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
2011-05-03
Dr. Hans-Peter Fischer
Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Management Association (VMA)
2013-01-01
Uwe Fritsch
Chairman of the Works Council at the Volkswagen AG Braunschweig plant
2012-04-19
Jörg Hofmann
IG Metall
2015-11-20
Uwe Hück
Chairman of the General and Group Works Council of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG
2015-07-01
Johan Järvklo
Representative of the Swedish Metal Worker`s Union of Scania AB
2015-11-22
Dr. Louise Kiesling
2015-04-30
Olaf Lies
Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport for the Federal State of Lower Saxony
2013-02-19
Peter Mosch
Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG
2006-01-18
Bernd Osterloh
Chairman of the General and Group Works Councils of Volkswagen AG
2005-01-01
Dr. jur. Hans Michel Piëch
Lawyer in private practice
2009-08-07
Dr. jur. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche
Member of the Board of Management of Familie Porsche AG Beteiligungsgesellschaft
2009-08-07
Dr. rer. comm. Wolfgang Porsche
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG
2008-04-24
Stephan Weil
Minister-President of the Federal State of Lower Saxony
2013-02-19
Stephan Wolf
Deputy Chairman of the General and Group Works Councils of Volkswagen AG
2013-01-01
Thomas Zwiebler
Chairman of the Works Council of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
2010-05-15

The date indicates the effective date of appointment to the Supervisory Board.