VW names purchasing chief Brandstaetter as COO

July 31, 2018 10:00 CET
UPDATED: July 31 11:16 CET – new story

HAMBURG — Volkswagen Group said company veteran Ralf Brandstaetter will be chief operating officer of its VW passenger cars brand.

Brandstaetter, 49, will lead the VW brand’s operating business and continue as the brand’s procurement chief, VW said in a statement on Tuesday.

His appointment comes as VW Group’s new CEO, Herbert Diess, undertakes the most far-reaching shake-up in the automaker’s history, seeking to unite a company whose feuding factions have often slowed reform.

Diess has sought to install new managers as part of a push to draw a line under a damaging diesel-emissions scandal and move to mass production of electric cars.

Brandstaetter, a German national, joined VW in 1993. After training as a shopfitter at the company’s plant in Brunswick, Germany, he studied industrial engineering and rose through the automaker’s management ranks in procurement, becoming purchasing chief at VW’s Seat brand in 2008. He became head of VW brand purchasing in 2015.

VW has recruited former ZF CEO Stefan Sommer as group procurement chief. Sommer, who steered ZF’s 2015 acquisition of TRW, will join VW Group in January, the automaker said on July 9.

Reuters contributed to this report

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