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The Business Area Management

GROUP COMPONENTS

The Members of the Business Area Management.

  • Dipl.-Kfm. Thomas Schmall – 
Chairman of the Board of Management (Chief Executive Officer)

    Thomas Schmall has been CEO of ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.

    Thomas Schmall 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 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, 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 CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil in 2008. 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 2015. 

    Thomas Schmall was appointed member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for ‘Components’ effective 1 January 2015. In this role he supervised the transformation of the division into a stand-alone business unit. Schmall shaped this transition, above all, with an eye on adequate return on investment to ensure self-financing in all business areas. Under central control, ‘Components’ increased its competitiveness, generated synergies, and optimised staffing and investment planning. His goal: a lasting positive and sustainable contribution to the Volkswagen Group’s bottom line.

  • Dipl.-Math. Thomas Eichenberg
 – Member of the Board of Management, Functional Responsibility ‘Finance’ (Chief Financial Officer)

    Thomas Eichenberg has been Finance Director of ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.

    Thomas Eichenberg was born in Bad Wildungen on 2 June 1960. After leaving school, he studied Mathematics at the University of Göttingen.

    The graduate mathematician began his career with the Volkswagen Group in 1988 in the Finance and Financial Control departments. Eichenberg moved with Volkswagen to Spain in 1995. He was initially in Financial Control and later took over responsibility for overall financial planning. 

    Eichenberg returned to the Group headquarters in 2000, where he held management positions in Financial Control of the Volkswagen brand. In 2007 he took over responsibility for Group Production Financial Control and in 2016 Product and Investment Financial Control.

    In September 2018, Eichenberg assumed responsibility for financial management of Group Components and financial control of the Components division.

  • Dipl.-Pol. Wolfgang Fueter
 – Member of the Board of Management, Functional Responsibility ‘Human Resources’ (Chief Human Resources Officer)

    Wolfgang Fueter has been Head of HR of ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.

    Wolfgang Fueter was born on 20 March 1970 in Berne. After leaving school in Switzerland and the USA, he studied political science at the University of Lausanne. In 2002 he completed his MBA at the IESE Business School in Barcelona whilst working.

    Fueter started his professional career in 1995 with Procter & Gamble (Geneva) in personnel and organisational development. In 1998 he moved with the company to Saudi Arabia and two years later returned to Geneva as Head of HR for the World Economic Forum. 

    Fueter joined the Volkswagen Group in 2002 and was initially responsible for global talent management within senior management HR and then, from 2004, for global staff mobility within the Volkswagen Group. In 2007 he then moved to Volkswagen Financial Services as Head of Human Resources Germany.

    Back at Group headquarters, Fueter then assumed responsibility for Group International Human Resources in 2011. He has been head of HR in the Components division since the start of 2018.

  • Dipl. Kfm. Heiner Lanze - Business Manager ‘Procurement’

    On 1 March 2019, Heiner Lanze became the Head of Procurement of ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG.

    Mr Lanze was born on 5 April 1962. He studied economics until 1989 in Paderborn as well as the United Kingdom and Spain.

    Mr Lanze began his professional career at IBM Deutschland in Controlling. In 1991, he moved to the Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg, first working in Purchasing, later in Investment Controlling.

    In 1997, the economist went to Mexico for Volkswagen, subsequently transferring to Audi. Here, he held various management positions in the Procurement division. In 2014, Mr Lanze moved to Brazil and became the Vice President of Procurement at Scania. At the end of 2016, he became the Head of Procurement at Volkswagen do Brasil and also took on responsibility for the South America region.

  • Dipl.-Ing. Mark Möller
 – Business Manager of Development and Business Field Manager ‘E-mobility‘

    Mark Möller has been Head of Development of ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019, with joint responsibility for the E-Mobility division.

    Mark Möller was born on 2 May 1968 in Wolfsburg. After leaving school, he studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig.

    Möller’s professional career began with ALFA Lasertechnik in 1994 working on the construction and industrialisation of production equipment. He moved in 1995 to Bertrand Faure in France and worked there in the advance development of seat structures. 

    Following the merger of Bertrand Faure and Ecia to form Faurecia, he moved back to Rüsselsheim at the end of 1996 where he managed the development of the GM Epsilon platform seat system. At the start of 2003 he took over responsibility of the entire Seat Development section of the GM/Ford/Fiat Business Unit based in Stadthagen.

    Around mid-2004 Möller moved to Volkswagen’s subsidiary SITECH, based in Wolfsburg, as Head of Product Management and took over responsibility for technical development in 2007. Möller has headed up Development Control at Volkswagen Components since 2012.

  • Dipl.-Ing. Herbert Steiner – 
Business Field Manager ‘Engine and Foundry’

    Herbert Steiner has been Head of the Engine and Foundry Division within ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.

    Herbert Steiner was born on 6 April 1973 in Schwarzbach, Austria. After leaving school, he studied industrial engineering and mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Graz.

    Stainer’s career with the Volkswagen Group began in 1998 with its subsidiary Audi. Following positions in financial control, series production project control and in purchasing, Steiner was appointed responsible for the purchasing strategy and purchasing systems with the Ingolstadt-based brand. 

    The graduate engineer moved to SEAT in Spain in 2006. He was initially appointed General Secretary and ultimately was made Director of Gearbox del Prat in 2010, known today as SEAT Componentes.

    In 2014, Steiner moved to Audi Hungaria Kft. in Györ, Hungary. Initially appointed as Director of Engine Production, in 2017 he was promoted to CEO of Audi Hungaria Zrt.

  • Dipl.-Ing. Otto Joos – 
Business Field Manager ‘Chassis’

    Otto Joos has been Head of the Chassis Division within ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.

    Otto Joos was born on 16 December 1955 in Ebertsheim. After leaving school and completing an apprenticeship as a shopfitter, he then studied mechanical engineering and vehicle construction at the University of Applied Sciences of the State of Rheinland Palatinate.

    The engineering graduate joined the Volkswagen Group in 1985. Following various management roles in Assembly and Production in Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant, Joos moved in 1994 to Volkswagen de Mexiko where he was responsible for vehicle production. Joos took over management of Volkswagen’s Emden plant in 1998.

    In 2004, Joos relocated to China and was responsible for Production and Logistics as a member of the Board. He moved in the same role back to Mexico and then in 2011 to Volkswagen in Brazil. 

    Joos returned to Germany in 2016 and was appointed Plant Manager of the Braunschweig components plant, with joint responsibility for the Chassis division. Otto Joos has headed up the Chassis Division for the Volkswagen brand since 2018.

  • Dipl.-Ing. Thorsten Jablonski
 – Business Field Manager ‘Gearbox and E-Drives’

    Thorsten Jablonski has been Head of the Gearbox and E-Drives Division within ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.

    Thorsten Jablonski was born on 7 May 1969 in Peine. After leaving school, he studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig.

    His career at Volkswagen began in 1994 as a trainee. In 1996, Jablonski moved to Braunschweig to work in rear axle development and five years later took over responsibility for steering production.

    Jablonski took over responsibility for the development of electrical components in 2004 and, six years later, he was appointed Head of Component Development with joint responsibility as Head of Electrical Steering Systems Development.

    In 2012, Thorsten Jablonski was appointed Plant Manager of the Braunschweig site. He moved to Kassel in 2016 as Head of the Components Plant.

  • Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Ingo Fleischer
 – Business Field Manager ‘Seats’

    Ingo Fleischer has been Head of the Seats Division within ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019. He also has joint responsibility as Technical Director and Spokesperson for the Board of Management of SITECH Sitztechnik GmbH.

    Ingo Fleischer was born on 7 January 1970. After leaving school and completing an apprenticeship as a plant mechanic, he worked for six years in process technology at Bayer Leverkusen. Fleischer then studied industrial engineering at the Rheinische Fachhochule Cologne (University of Applied Sciences), specialising in production engineering.

    The graduate industrial engineer began his professional career in 1997 with Johnson Controls, today Adient Seating, where he remained until today in various technical and management positions. As Group Vice President and General Manager, he was responsible for the Quality and Product Safety division, had overall responsibility for the seat foam and special seats product groups and was responsible for the development of new divisions, including aircraft seats. In terms of start-up management, Fleischer also supervised the set-up of production sites in Slovakia, Poland and Spain and in 2001 took over management of the Turin plant in Italy.

    As Vice President, Fleischer has had operational responsibility for the Complete Seats, Seat Foams and Seat Covers division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2018.