Big Changes in Volkswagen Truck Group Management
Company Seeks Greater Integration of Heavy, Commercial Truck Units
Last week, Volkswagen announced major changes to its executive management ranks and to its board of directors. Many of the announced changes involve the VW Group's heavy truck brands, which include Scania, MAN, and Volkswagen's own commercial vehicle division, Bloomberg reports.
Scania AB CEO Leif Oestling will join the VW board to increase the pace and scope of integration among the three truck brands and current trucks chief Jochem Heizmann will move to VW's China operations, also taking a seat on the VW board.
In addition, Ulf Berkenhagen, formerly purchasing chief at Audi, will move to a new role as procurement chief at VW's MAN heavy-truck brand. Bernd Martens, currently VW's purchasing chief, will replace Berkenhagen at Audi. Bentley chief Wolfgang Duerheimer will move from the ultra-luxury brand to serve as Audi's development chief, replacing Michael Dick. Duerheimer will be replaced by another Wolfgang at Audi, with commercial vehicle's chief Wolfgang Schreiber moving to Bentley to replace Duerheimer.
All these changes are part of VW's larger strategy of surpassing General Motors as the world's largest automaker.