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Executive Bodies

Management Board

Currently the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG comprises eight members. Each Board Member is responsible for one or more functions within the Volkswagen Group. Dr. Herbert Diess 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

  • Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG

    Dr. 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, Dr. Herbert 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, Dr. Herbert 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.

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft has appointed Dr. Herbert Diess as Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft effective April 13, 2018.

    Effective January 11, 2019, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft has assigned responsibility for the China Board of Management Division to Dr. Herbert Diess, the Chairman of the Board of Management, in addition to his other duties.

    As of July 1, 2020, the Volkswagen Group is reorganizing responsibilities for the management of the brand and the Group: Dr. Herbert Diess will thus be given more freedom for his tasks as Group CEO. Within the Group Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, he will retain overall responsibility for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars division and the Volume brand group.

    Status: July, 2020
     

Members of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG

  • Murat Aksel, Functional Responsibility ‘Procurement’

    Murat Aksel was born in Turkey in 1972.

    He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. He began his career in 1998 in the purchasing department of Opel in Rüsselsheim.

    In 2001, he took over responsibility for supply chain management at General Motors and Fiat in Turin before moving to Shanghai in 2008 as Executive Director of Electrical Vehicle and Powertrains at General Motors.

    In 2009, the BMW Group appointed him Head of Purchasing and Supplier Network Body and Equipment. In this function, he was also responsible for site management of the BMW Landshut component plant from 2011 to 2012.

    In 2015 he was appointed Process Chain Manager Driving Dynamics and Integration. Since 2017, Mr. Aksel was Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Network Americas at BMW with responsibility for purchasing and the supplier network in America.

    Murat Aksel became Board Member for Procurement of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand on July 1, 2020.

    With effect from January 1, 2021, the Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board has appointed Murat Aksel as a Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, responsible for Purchasing Division.

    Status: January 2021

  • Oliver Blume, Brand Group ‚Sport & Luxury‘

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Oliver Blume as a Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG effective April 13, 2018.

    Blume was born June 6, 1968 in Brunswick. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and has been with the Volkswagen Group since 1994.

    After graduating from high school, Blume began his studies at TU Braunschweig in 1988, and was awarded a degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. He completed his PhD thesis to receive the title of Doctor of Engineering in Vehicle Engineering from the Institute of Vehicle Technology at Tongji University, Shanghai, in 2001.

    Blume already started his professional career in 1994, joining the international trainee program at AUDI AG. After roles in body construction planning and logistics, he held various senior management functions until 2006, including Head of Body Construction for the A3, Head of the AUDI AG Pilot Plant, and Head of Planning and the Pilot Series Centre at SEAT S.A. in Barcelona.

    Blume moved to Wolfsburg as Head of Production Planning at the Volkswagen brand in 2009. He became the member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG in 2013. He was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG in 2015.

    Status: April, 2018
     

  • Markus Duesmann, Brand Group ‘Premium’

    Markus Duesmann was born on June 23, 1969 in Heek, North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1991, he completed his studies of mechanical engineering at Steinfurt University of Applied Sciences with a degree in engineering.

    He began his career in 1992 as a design engineer for a V12 series-production engine at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart. In 1995, he moved to the development service provider FEV GmbH in Aachen, where he held various positions, the last of which was head of the engine mechanics division.

    In 2004, he took over the position of main department manager for new diesel engines at DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart, and in 2005 became head of Formula 1 development at Mercedes-Benz in Brixworth in the United Kingdom.

    In 2007, Markus Duesmann moved to BMW AG as head of Formula 1 powertrain. After holding several responsible positions at that company, he was Board of Management Member for Purchasing and Supplier Network at BMW AG from October 2016 until July 2018.

    The Supervisory Board of AUDI AG appointed Markus Duesmann as Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG effective April 1, 2020. Since then, he has also had Board of Management responsibility for Volkswagen Group Research and Development. Additionally he is entrusted with responsibility for the China business of the AUDI AG and with Board of Management responsibility for Product Lines at AUDI AG.  

    Status: March 2021

  • Gunnar Kilian, Functional Responsibility ‘Human Resources’ and Brand Group ‘Truck & Bus‘

    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’ effective April, 13, 2018 and with functional responsibility for the ‘Truck & Bus’ division effective July 16, 2020.

    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.

    Kilian 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.

    Status: April, 2018

  • Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt, Functional Responsibility ‘Technology’

    The Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board appointed Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt as member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management responsible for Technology as of 1 January 2021.

    Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt was born in Frankfurt on 9 January 1964. After leaving school, he studied business management and labour and organisational psychology at the University of Giessen.

    The business administration graduate joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991. Following posts in industrial engineering in Wolfsburg, Mexico and South Africa, Schmall-von Westerholt moved to Volkswagen do Brasil in 1999, becoming manager of the Curitiba plant one year later.

    Mr Schmall-von Westerholt joined Volkswagen Slovakia as Board member for Technology in 2003, becoming Chairman of the Volkswagen Slovakia Board of Management based at the Bratislava plant two years later.

    Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt was appointed CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil in 2007. He also held the post of Vice President of the São Paulo German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce between 2009 and 2013 and was then elected President of the Chamber until March 2015.

    Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt was appointed member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for Components effective 1 January 2015. Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt has been CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, an autonomous corporate unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019. In this role he supervised the transformation of the division into a stand-alone unit. Mr Schmall-von Westerholt shaped this transition, above all, with an eye on adequate return on investment to ensure self-financing in all business areas. Under central management, Components increased its competitiveness, achieved synergies, optimised plant utilisation and investment planning - with the objective of making a lasting positive and sustainable value contribution to the Volkswagen Group’s operating profit.

    As the member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management responsible for Technology, Mr Schmall-von Westerholt is, as of 1 January 2021, responsible throughout the Group for all activities at Volkswagen Group Components of which he remains Chairman of the Board of Management. New developments include the marketing of Volkswagen modular toolkits to third parties, the cross-brand responsibility for the development and production of battery cells and systems as well as the corresponding procurement processes. The Board-level management function for Technology also has the global responsibility for Charging and Energy.

    Status: January, 2021

  • Hiltrud Dorothea Werner, Functional Responsibility ‘Integrity and Legal Affairs’

    Hiltrud Dorothea Werner was born on April 16, 1966, in Bad Doberan, Germany.

    In 1985, she completed a textile technology training program in Mühlhausen, Thuringia. She then earned an economics degree in 1989 at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg.

    Hiltrud Dorothea Werner began her career as a project manager for process optimization at Softlab GmbH, a consulting firm that specialized in information technology.

    She joined BMW AG in 1996 and then completed an international management trainee program. Afterward, she became a department head at BMW Bank GmbH. In 2000, she joined Group Audit and became the head of the BMW Audit Department for Great Britain and Ireland with global responsibility for the brands Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and MINI in 2003. After returning from Great Britain in 2008, she became head of Group Audit Financial Services.

    In 2011, Hiltrud Dorothea Werner was named the Chief Audit Executive at MAN SE. She then assumed the same position at ZF Friedrichshafen in 2014.

    She became head of Group Audit at Volkswagen AG on January 1, 2016.

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG has appointed Hiltrud Dorothea Werner to the Group Board of Management where she will be responsible for “integrity and legal affairs”, effective February 1, 2017.

    Last update: February 2017

  • Dr. Arno Antlitz, Functional Responsibility ‘Finance and IT’

    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 Arno Antlitz joined Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft in 2004. Early in 2005, he was given responsibility for global product controlling at Volkswagen brand. Since January 1, 2010 Dr. Arno Antlitz was Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for „Controlling and Accounting“. From March 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021 Dr. Arno Antlitz was Chief Financial Officer of the AUDI Aktiengesellschaft in Ingolstadt.

    The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG transferred responsibility for Finance and IT at Group level in the Board of Management to Dr. Arno Antlitz with effect from April 1, 2021.

    Status: April, 2021

Members of the 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.  

  • Hans Dieter Pötsch, Chairman

    Hans Dieter Pötsch has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since October 7, 2015.

    Pötsch was born in Traun, Austria, on March 28, 1951. He studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, from 1973 to 1979. He worked in Controlling at BMW AG in Munich, Germany, from 1979, and subsequently took up the position of Head of Controlling at BMW AG in 1984, serving in this function until 1987. He became General Manager for Finance and Administration at Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG from 1987 to 1991. He served as Chairman of the Board of Management of Traub AG from 1991 to 1995, and was Chairman of the Board of Management at Dürr AG from 1995 to 2002.

    Pötsch served as Group Board of Management member with responsibility for Finance & Controlling at Volkswagen AG from 2003 to 2015. He has served as Board member for Finance at Porsche Automobil Holding SE since 2009. Since 2015 he has served as Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG.

    Among his other mandates, Hans Dieter Pötsch is a member of the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA in Gütersloh, Germany.

    Hans Dieter Pötsch has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry thanks to his years of work as Chief Finance Officer for Volkswagen AG. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate strategy, production, finance and accounting, taxes, capital markets, corporate governance, law and compliance, human resources, as well as particular expertise in the North America market. In addition, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, industry associations, and trade unions.

  • Dr. Hussain Ali Al Abdulla, Board Member of  Qatar Investment Authority

    Dr. Hussain Ali Al Abdulla has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since April 22, 2010.

    Al Abdulla was born in Qatar on January 1, 1957. He graduated with an MA in Economics from Central Michigan University, USA, in 1982 and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from Bradford University, United Kingdom, in 1987.

    Dr. Hussain Ali Al Abdulla serves as a Minister of State in Qatar. He is a Board member of Qatar Investment Authority and a Board member of the Qatar Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment. Furthermore he is a Board Member of Gulf Investment Corporation, Kuwait.

  • Dr. Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, Former Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Qatar

    Dr. Hessa S. Al Jaber has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since June 22, 2016.

    Dr. Al-Jaber is a member at the Shura Council (Consultative Assembly), which is the legislative body of the State of Qatar. Dr. Al Jaber is the Chairperson of Qatar Satellite Company (Es’hailSat) and Malomatia. Also, Dr. Al Jaber is an independent member in the Board of Directors of MEEZA. In addition Dr. Al Jaber is member of several boards including Qatar University’s Board of Regents, Qatar Museums Board of Trustee, Silatech Board of Trustees and Qatar National Library Board of Trustee, as well as American School Board of Trustee.

    She is a member of United Nations ITU Broadband Commission for Sustainable development and Co-Chair of Broadband Working Group on Disinformation and Hate Speech.  

    She is leading Trioinvestment, an investment company that invest in innovative technology that address some of the most pressing health problems in MENA region.  

    Dr. Al Jaber is the former and the first-ever Minister of Information and Communication Technology in Qatar. Prior to becoming a minister, Dr. Al Jaber held the position of Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR).

    During her tenure, Dr. Al Jaber led the liberalization of Qatar's telecommunications market, ushering in an era of choice and competition, she spearheaded the modernization of Qatar’s ICT infrastructure, including founding Qatar National Broadband Network, Eshailsat, and Malomatia.

    Dr. Al Jaber has led numerous initiatives to make Qatar a more inclusive society through ICT with the creation of the Qatar Assistive Technology Center (MADA), empowering people with disabilities in Qatar, and was instrumental in the streamlining of processes to make the Government more transparent and accessible with the e-Government initiatives.  

    Dr. Al Jaber holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Kuwait University, and a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

    Dr Al Jaber has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate strategy, sales and marketing, research and development, finance and accounting, capital markets, corporate governance, law and compliance, digitalisation and electric mobility.

  • Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor, Transport and Digitalisation for the Federal State of Lower Saxony

    Dr. Bernd Althusmann has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft since December 14, 2017.

    Dr. Bernd Althusmann was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on December 3, 1966. He studied pedagogy at Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg from 1989 to 1993, and holds a degree in this subject. He subsequently graduated from AKAD University in Lahr with a degree in business administration. He received a doctorate from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam in 2007.

    Dr. Bernd Althusmann served as an officer in the German Federal Armed Forces from 1986 to 1994. He was a Member of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony from 1994 to 2009 and was again elected to the State Parliament in 2017. He was State Secretary at Lower Saxony’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and served as Lower Saxony’s Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs from 2010 to 2013. Between 2013 and 2016, he served overseas, heading up the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Office for Namibia and Angola. He was in charge of the Hanover office of TOPOS Personalberatung GmbH from 2016 to 2017.

    Dr. Bernd Althusmann has served as Lower Saxony’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor, Transport and Digitalization and as Deputy Minister-President since November 22, 2017.

    Dr Bernd Althusmann has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate governance, digitalisation, and human resources. Furthermore, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, industry associations, trade unions, and the press.

  • Daniela Cavallo, Chairwoman of the General and Group Works Councils of Volkswagen AG

    Daniela Cavallo has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since 11 May 2021. Daniela Cavallo was born in Wolfsburg on 03 April 1975. She is an Italian citizen. In 1994 she passed her A Levels in Wolfsburg and began a commercial apprenticeship at Volkswagen AG. After her apprenticeship, Daniela Cavallo worked as a trainer at the former VW Coaching (now Group Academy) and qualified extra-occupational as a business economist. After holding positions in the youth and trainee representation and in the shop stewards' executive committee, she became an elected member of the works council in 2002, initially with responsibility for the Auto 5000 labour market policy project.

    From 2010 onwards, Cavallo was a divisional works council member in Wolfsburg, responsible, among other things, for human resources, organisational development, VW Coaching (today‘s Group Academy) and VW‘s Consulting. From 2013 onwards, as a member of the managing works committee at the Wolfsburg plant, she headed a coordination area with around 7000 employees. Also since 2013, Cavallo has been a member of the general works council and, at this level, chair of the committee for basic personnel regulations, which deals with personnel management and personnel policy issues. Daniela Cavallo negotiated the field of personnel transformation at the "Zukunftspakt" (pact for the future) in 2016. At the beginning of 2019, Daniela Cavallo moved up to the position of Deputy Chairperson of the General and Group Works Council. Since the end of April 2021, she has been Chairwoman of the Works Council at the Wolfsburg site and Chairwoman of the General and Group Works Council. Daniela Cavallo has been Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Financial Services AG since the beginning of 2019.

    Due to her diverse, decade-long activities in various bodies of company and trade union co-determination as well as in supervisory boards, Daniela Cavallo has in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry and collective bargaining policy. In addition, she has special knowledge and experience of labour issues and government relations. Furthermore, Daniela Cavallo has special experience in working with associations, NGOs and especially trade unions.

  • Matías Carnero Sojo, Chairman of the General Works Council of SEAT

    Matías Carnero has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since April 1, 2021. Matías Carnero was born on 4th of April 1968 in Barcelona. In 1987 he joined SEAT as an assembly worker at the Barcelona plant and later became a foreman. In 1988 he was elected as a delegate of the union. In 1999 he became chairman of the SEAT works council in Martorell, and in 2003 general secretary and spokesman for the UGT union at SEAT. Since 2003 Carnero has been a member of the Presidium of the European and Global Group Works Council in the Volkswagen Group. He has been President of the UGT Catalunya since 2016.

    Due to his diverse, decade-long activities in various bodies of company and trade union co-determination, Mr. Carnero has in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry and collective bargaining policy. In addition, he has special knowledge and experience in the areas of Government relations and employees' issues. He also has special experience in cooperation with politics, associations and especially trade unions.

  • Dr. Hans-Peter Fischer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Management Association (VMA)

    Dr. Hans-Peter Fischer has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since January 1, 2013.

    Fischer was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, on September 26, 1959. From 1978 to 1984, he studied law and business management at the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he made a doctorate in law in 1987. He completed his judicial clerkship at Brunswick Higher Regional Court, Germany, from 1987 to 1989.

    He began his professional career in the participating interests and tax department of Hannover Rückversicherung in 1990. He was an administrator in the legal department at Volkswagen AG from 1991 to 2004. Fischer has been an authorized signatory of Volkswagen AG since 2002. He was also team leader for corporate and capital market law at Volkswagen from 2005 to 2012.

    Fischer was elected Chairman of the Volkswagen Management Association (VMA) in 2013.

    Dr. Hans-Peter Fischer is a member of the board of trustees of Familienbildungsstätte der Ev. in Wolfsburg, Germany, and a member of the issuers group of Deutsches Aktieninstitut.

    Dr Hans-Peter Fischer has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of company law and compliance, human resources, and employee matters. Furthermore, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities as well as trade unions.

  • Marianne Heiß, CEO of BBDO Group Germany GmbH

    Marianne Heiß has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since 14 February 2018.

    She was born on 2 November 1972 in Krems an der Donau, Austria. From 1998 to 2002, Ms Heiß studied Accounting & Auditing, and Management, Organisation and Human Resources at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt.

    Marianne Heiß began as a bookkeeper at the tax consultancy STABILA in Vienna in 1989.

    She worked at Dr. Röhricht – Dr. Schillen, an auditing firm and tax consultancy company in Bielefeld, from 1991 to 1993.

    As Head of the Administrations Office at the Dorint AG in Hamelin from 1993 to 1996, Ms Heiß was responsible for the Finance and Accounting department and Human Resources.

    In 1996, Marianne Heiß moved to the advertising and communications sector, starting at the BBDO Group, a leading company in its field in Germany.

    Her initial post there was Head of Finance and Accounting for the outsourcing specialist SELLBYTEL (Nuremberg) until 1998. From 1999 to 2002, she was the Financial Director of the agencies of BBDO Austria.

    As management consultant at BBDO Services GmbH in Düsseldorf from 2002 to 2005, Marianne Heiß was responsible for the integration of new agencies. Ms Heiß was responsible for the BBDO agencies in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart as CFO from 2006 to 2011, until she took on responsibility for 18 European countries as the European Finance Director of BBDO Europe with headquarters in London. She held this position from 2011 to 2013.

    In June 2013, she was appointed as CFO of the BBDO Group Germany GmbH which has been operating in Germany since 1956. Since March 2019 Ms Heiß is the CEO of the BBDO Group Germany GmbH.

    At the end of 2004, Gabler Verlag published her book Strategisches Kostenmanagement in der Praxis (Strategic Cost Management in Practice), followed by YES SHE CAN – Die Zukunft des Management ist weiblich (YES SHE CAN – The Future of Management is Female) in May 2011. From 2015 until 2017, Marianne Heiß was Vice President of the Gesamtverbandes Kommunikationsagenturen (German Association of Communication Agencies).

    Marianne Heiß has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate strategy, sales and marketing, finance and accounting, corporate governance, electric mobility, human resources, as well as particular expertise in the North America market.

  • Jörg Hofmann, IG Metall

    Jörg Hofmann has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since November 20, 2015.

    Hofmann was born in Oppelsbohm, Germany, on December 3, 1955.

    After obtaining his Abitur (higher school-leaving certificate) in 1975, Hofmann trained in the agricultural sector from 1975 to 1976. He studied economics and sociology at the universities of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, Paris, France, and Bremen, Germany, from 1975 to 1984, graduating with a degree in economics.

    He was a research associate at the Institute for Industrial Management of the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, from 1982 to 1984. He worked for IG Metall as an expert on new technologies and work organization from 1982 to 1987. Hofmann served as trade union secretary for the local IG Metall organization in Stuttgart, Germany, from 1987 to 1999, and was responsible for establishing the local office of IG Metall in Dresden in 1990 and 1991.

    He served as the bargaining policy and negotiations official for the regional council in Baden-Württemberg from 2000 to 2003, and subsequently served as IG Metall’s regional director for Baden-Württemberg until 2013. He was elected Vice Chairman of IG Metall in 2013 and has been first Chairman of IG Metall since October 20, 2015.

    Jörg Hofmann is President of IndustriAll Global Union and a member of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH. Hofmann is a holder of the Baden-Württemberg Enterprise Medal.

    Jörg Hofmann has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry thanks to his decades of work for IG Metall. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate governance, electric mobility, human resources, and employee matters. In addition, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, industry associations, trade unions, and the press.

  • Ulrike Jakob, Deputy Chairman of the Works Council at the Volkswagen AG Kassel plant

    Ulrike Jakob has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since May 10, 2017.

    Jakob was born in Kassel, Germany, on May 10, 1960. She trained as an office assistant from 1976 to 1978. She obtained the European Business Competence Licence in 2015.

    Jakob was a commercial clerk in After Sales at Volkswagen from 1978 to 1992. At the same time she was also a member of the youth and apprenticeship representation from 1978, serving in each case for two years as Deputy Chairperson and a as Chairperson. Jakob has been a member of the Works Council at the Volkswagen AG Kassel plant since 1993. From 2009 to 2012 she was managing director of the Works Council, since the end of 2012 she has been its Deputy Chairman. She is also a member of the Group Works Council, of the Economic Committee and of the so called Kooperation.

    Ulrike Jakob is a member of the IG Metall (IGM) negotiating commission at Volkswagen AG, a member of the IGM Central Committee, as well as a member of the IGM local organization, the IGM assembly of delegates and the IGM local women’s organization.  

    Ulrike Jakob has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of sales and marketing, corporate governance and employee matters. Furthermore, she is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities as well as trade unions.

  • Dr. Louise Kiesling, Entrepreneur

    Dr. Louise Kiesling has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since April 2015.

    Kiesling was born in Vienna, Austria, on July 16, 1957. She studied fashion design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, from 1975 to 1979, and graduated with a Magister artium (MA). She obtained a Ph.D. in vehicle design from the Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom, in 2012.

    Kiesling was a freelance designer from 1982 to 1985. She worked for Keys Design, Vienna, Austria, from 1986 to 1993. She served as Director for Design and Catalogue Print at Ameea Luxury Fashion Catalogue from 1999 to 2004. She has been a Director at Mainspring UK Limited, United Kingdom, since 2007. In 2012 she became a partner at Coop-Himmelblau ZT. Wolf D. Prix and Partners and was appointed Head of Interior and Product Design.

    Dr. Louise Kiesling has chaired the board of trustees of Ferdinand Porsche Familien-Privatstiftung since 2014 and served as director of Familie Porsche Beteiligung GmbH and Backhausen GmbH since 2015.

    Dr Louise Kiesling has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry. Furthermore, she has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate governance and supervisory board activities in big companies, as well as particular expertise with regard to human resources.

  • Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG

    Peter Mosch has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since January 18, 2006.

    Mosch was born in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany, on February 15, 1972. He trained as an industrial mechanic from 1987 to 1991, and qualified as a foreman with distinction from the Bavarian State Government in 1995.

    Mosch worked as a machinist at AUDI AG from 1991, and as a foreman at AUDI AG from 1995 to 1998. He has been a member of the Works Council at AUDI AG since 1998, member of the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG since 2001 and Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG since 2006. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG from 2013 to 2017, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board since 2017.

    Beside his work obligations, voluntary engagement rank first for Peter Mosch. Beside several voluntary engagement in communal and trade union sector, he serves on the Management Board of Audi Selbsthilfeeinrichtung and as curator of Audi Stiftung Umwelt GmbH.

    Peter Mosch has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate governance, law and compliance, human resources, and employee matters. Furthermore, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, trade unions, and the press.

  • Bertina Murkovic, Chairman of the Works Council of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

    Bertina Maria Murkovic has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since May 10, 2017.

    Murkovic was born in Genk, Belgium, on October 25, 1957. From 1972 to 1975 she trained as an office administrator, subsequently passing the examination entitling her to enter higher education and obtaining a Magisters degree in sociology and literature in 2000.

    She worked at Thyssen AG in Duisburg from 1975 to 1979. She held various positions in the Gewerkschaft Handel, Banken und Versicherungen trade union from 1979 to 1993. She was a specialist assistant to the Works Council of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, Germany, from 2000 to 2002. She served as a member of the Works Council of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles from 2002 to 2009, and has been its Deputy Chairman from 2009 to 2018. Since January 2018, she has been Chairman of the Works Council of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

    Bertina Maria Murkovic holds several lay offices in the IG Metall local organization in Hanover, Germany.

    Bertina Murkovic has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of employee matters. Furthermore, she is particularly experienced in interacting and working with trade unions.

  • Dr. jur. Hans Michel Piëch, Lawyer in private practice

    Dr. Hans Michel Piëch has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since 2009.

    Piëch was born in Vienna, Austria, on January 10, 1942. He was awarded his Matura (upper secondary diploma) in 1963 and subsequently graduated from the University of Vienna with a degree in law in 1968. He obtained a doctorate in law in 1970.

    He began his professional career with Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh, USA, in 1970. He became managing director of Porsche KG in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1971. Piëch has practiced as an independent attorney since 1977.

    Piëch has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Holding GmbH in Salzburg, Austria, since 1975 and a member of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, Stuttgart, Germany, since 1989. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Porsche SE since 2007 and since 2009 he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Audi AG, part of the Executive Committee of Audi AG since 2016 and part of the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG since June 2020.

    Dr Hans Michel Piëch has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry thanks to his years of work for the respective supervisory bodies, at Porsche Holding in Salzburg and Porsche AG in Stuttgart since the beginning of the 90s. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of law and compliance including capital markets and corporate governance, corporate strategy and international sales and marketing. In addition, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with trade unions and the press.

  • Dr. jur. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche, Member of the Board of Management of Familie Porsche AG Beteiligungsgesellschaft

    Dr. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since August 7, 2009.

    Porsche was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 13, 1961. He studied law at the University of Salzburg, graduating with a Masters degree in law in 1990. After that he worked for four years at Ernst & Young in tax consultancy and final audit. He received his doctorate in law in 1992. Porsche studied business administration at the University of Toronto, Canada, from 1994 to 1995.

    Porsche served as managing director of Porsche Design Management GmbH & Co. KG, Salzburg, Austria, from 1994 to 2004. He has been managing director of Real Estate Holding GmbH, Salzburg, Austria, since 2002. He has served on the executive board of Familie Porsche AG Beteiligungsgesellschaft in Salzburg, Austria, since 2003, and as managing director of Neckar GmbH, Salzburg, Austria, since 2015.

    Porsche is a member of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG, AUDI AG, Porsche Holding Gesellschaft m.b.H., Porsche Automobil Holding SE.

    Futhermore, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche is a deputy chairman of the Supervisory Board of the nonprofit company Lebenshilfe Salzburg.

    Dr Ferdinand Oliver Porsche has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry thanks to his role as a managing director and his years of work for the respective supervisory bodies. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of sales and marketing, finance and accounting, corporate governance, law and compliance, and human resources. In addition, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with industry associations.

  • Dr. rer. comm. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

    Dr. Wolfgang Porsche has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since April 24, 2008.

    Porsche was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 10, 1943. After obtaining his Abitur (higher school-leaving certificate) and passing his journeyman’s examination as a metalworker, he studied at Vienna University of Economics and Business from 1965 to 1971, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. He received his doctorate in International Business in 1973.

    Porsche then went into business as an independent entrepreneur, becoming the general importer of Yamaha motorbikes in Austria from 1973 to 2000. He worked at Daimler-Benz AG, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany, as manager in various areas of domestic and foreign sales from 1976 to 1981. He has served as managing director of Porsche limited liability company in Grünwald, Germany. He was Managing Partner of Porsche Holding Ges.m.b.H., Salzburg, Austria, from 1988 to 2011.

    Porsche has served as a member of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG since 1978. Porsche has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG since 2007. He has also served as a member of the Supervisory Board of AUDI AG since 2012.

    Dr Wolfgang Porsche has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry thanks to his past and current roles. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of sales and marketing, corporate governance and supervisory board activities in big companies, as well as particular expertise in the North America market. Dr Wolfgang Porsche is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, industry associations, trade unions, the press, and universities.

  • Jens Rothe, Chair of the General Works Council and the Works Council of the VW Sachsen GmbH Zwickau plant

    Jens Rothe was born on 17 May 1970 in Zittau (Görlitz district). During the time of the German reunification, he had to abandon his studies in electrical engineering for family reasons and began working in the vehicle assembly at the former VEB [state-owned company] Sachsenring in Zwickau in 1990. In 1991 Jens Rothe joined the Sächsische Automobilbau GmbH, which later became today’s Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. In the same year he was elected to the company's first works council at the Zwickau-Mosel plant. Since April 1996 he has been Chairman there and, in addition, Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. Furthermore, since 31 August 2007, he is Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VW Sachsen GmbH.

    As a result of his many decades of work in various committees of company and trade union co-determination and on supervisory boards, Jens Rothe has in-depth knowledge of collective bargaining policy, human resources and the automotive industry - particularly the issues of transformation in the course of electromobility. In addition, he has special knowledge and experience of employee issues and government relations. Mr Rothe also has special experience in cooperation with associations, NGOs and especially trade unions.
     

  • Conny Schönhardt, trade union secretary for the IG Metall Board of Management in the unit for Strategic and Political Planning

    Conny Schönhardt became a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft on 21 June 2019.

    Ms Schönhardt was born in Hannover on 24 April 1978. She completed a commercial apprenticeship for office communication at VW Commercial Vehicles from 1994 to 1997. From 2002 to 2006, she studied economics at the Universität für Wirtschaft und Politik in Hamburg (now called Universität Hamburg, department of social economics) and completed a Master of Science in International and European Politics at the University of Edinburgh in 2008.

    Before her studies, Ms Schönhardt worked as an assembly worker at VW Commercial Vehicles from 1997 to 2002. Simultaneously, from 1996 to 2002, she was a representative for young employees and apprentices, for two years of which she was Deputy Chair. From 2008 to 2014 she was a trade union secretary for IG Metall Area Management for Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. From 2014 to 2018, she worked for the IG Metall Board of Management as a secretary in the unit responsible for pay scale policy.

    In November 2017 Schönhardt completed her qualification as Labour Organiser at REFA (Association for work design, company organization and corporate development).

    Since January 2019, she has been a trade union secretary for the IG Metall Board of Management in the unit for Strategic and Political Planning, and also company representative for Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and AUDI AG.

    Conny Schönhardt has specialist knowledge of the automotive industry thanks to her work at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and her role as a company representative. Furthermore, she has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of finance and accounting, law and compliance, and employee matters. In addition, she is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, industry associations, and trade unions.

  • Stephan Weil, Minister-President of the Federal State of Lower Saxony

    Stephan Weil has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG since February 19, 2013.

    Weil was born in Hamburg, Germany, on December 15, 1958. He commenced his law studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, in 1978. He took his first State Exam in Law there in 1983, and sat his second State Exam in Law at the Higher Regional Court Celle, Germany, in 1983.

    Weil practised as a lawyer in Hanover, Germany, from 1987 to 1989. From 1989 to 1991 he was a judge and prosecutor, in part on secondment to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice. He served as a judge at the Amtsgericht Hannover (Hanover Local Court), Germany, from 1991 to 1994, also on secondment to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice. He held the position of Ministerialrat at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice from 1994 to 1997.

    He was City Treasurer from 1997 to 2006 and Lord Mayor of the Lower Saxony capital of Hanover, Germany, from 2006 to 2013. Stephan Weil has served as Prime Minister of Lower Saxony since February 2013.

    Stephan Weil has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of corporate governance and employee matters thanks to his continual management activities in public administration and to his years of service as a supervisory board member in different industries. Furthermore, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities, industry associations, trade unions, and the press.

  • Werner Weresch, Chairman of the General Works Council and Group Works Council of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

    Werner Weresch has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft since 21 February 2019.

    He was born on 17 March 1961 in Oberstenfeld, and began his career by completing an apprenticeship as a car mechanic.

    He started at Porsche AG in 1984. He became a member of the Porsche AG Works Council in 1990 and has been a member of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Supervisory Board since 1998. Mr Weresch became deputy chairman of the Works Council in Zuffenhausen in 2011 and has been a member of the Porsche Holding Stuttgart GmbH Supervisory Board since 2012. In February 2019, he became chairman of the Porsche Works Council in Zuffenhausen, chairman of the General Works Council at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, chairman of the Group Works Council of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and member of the Group Works Council of Volkswagen AG. Furthermore, he serves as a member of the European and Global Works Councils of Volkswagen AG.

    Werner Weresch is an honorary member of the local executive committee of IG Metall Stuttgart.  

    Werner Weresch has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of production, sales and marketing, corporate governance, law and compliance, electric mobility, human resources, employee matters, as well as particular expertise in the North America market. Furthermore, he is particularly experienced in interacting and working with government and authorities as well as trade unions.

Committees of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

Executive Committee
Hans Dieter PÖTSCH − Chair
Jörg HOFMANN − Deputy Chair
Daniela CAVALLO
Peter MOSCH
Bertina MURKOVIC
Dr Hans Michel PIËCH
Dr Wolfgang PORSCHE
Prime Minister Stephan WEIL

Mediation Committee in accordance with Article 27, Section 3 of the German Co-determination Act (MitbestG)
Hans Dieter PÖTSCH − Chair
Jörg HOFMANN Deputy − Chair
Prime Minister Stephan WEIL
Daniela CAVALLO

Audit Committee
Dr Ferdinand Oliver PORSCHE − Chair
Peter MOSCH − Deputy Chair
Marianne HEIß
Conny SCHÖNHARDT

Nomination Committee
Hans Dieter PÖTSCH − Chair
Dr. Hans Michel PIËCH
Prime Minister Stephan WEIL
Dr Wolfgang PORSCHE

Special Diesel Engine Committee
Dr Wolfgang PORSCHE − Chair
Minister Dr Bernd ALTHUSMANN
Daniela CAVALLO
Bertina MURKOVIC
Peter MOSCH
Dr Ferdinand Oliver PORSCHE

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