VW makes two new appointments

Dr Thomas Sedran, general secretary and senior vice president group strategy at Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, has been appointed CEO of the Volkswagen commercial vehicles.

The supervisory board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft has also appointed Dr Stefan Sommer as a board member.

Thomas takes over from Dr Eckhard Scholz, who is stepping down at his own request. Thomas’ successor will be announced at a later date.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in economics and worked as a management consultant from 1988 to 2012. Volkswagen appointed him senior vice president group strategy in 2015 and in addition, he was named general secretary of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft in 2017.

Dr Eckhard Scholz holds a Ph.D. in engineering and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991. He held various senior management positions in technical development at the Volkswagen brand in Wolfsburg from 1996 to 2007, latterly as head of car body development. Eckhard moved to Volkswagen commercial vehicles as speaker of the brand board of management and board member for technical development in September 2012. He was appointed CEO of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand effective July 2014.

The supervisory board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft has also appointed Dr Stefan Sommer as the board member with responsibility for procurement effective at the beginning of 2019. Stefan was chief executive officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG until the end of 2017. In his new function he succeeds Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, who left the company in April at his own request.

Stefan holds a Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in automation. He began his professional career in 1994 as a development engineer at ITT Automotive Group Europe GmbH in Frankfurt. In 2010 he became the member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG with responsibility for materials management. Stefan was named deputy chief executive officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG in January 2012, and served as chief executive officer of ZF Friedrichshafen AG from May 2012 until the end of 2017.