VW’s Diess receives Editor’s Award

Dr Herbert Diess, newly-appointed chairman of the Volkswagen Group has been presented with the Editor’s Award at the annual Autocar Awards.

The Editor’s Award is presented to the person judged by Autocar to have had the biggest impact this year on their company’s success.

In presenting the trophy to Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand who received the honour on behalf of Herbert, Autocar explained, ‘After joining Volkswagen in 2015, Dr Diess’s job quickly changed to rebuilding the reputation of one of the world’s most trusted brands while getting on with the job he’d originally been brought in to do: boost profit margins, grow sales globally, diversify the model range and prepare for a future of electrified and autonomous cars. He even found time to launch some more GTI models!’

Mark Tisshaw, editor of Autocar, added, ‘Dr Diess has been in the hottest of hot seats since 2015 and has successfully steered the Volkswagen brand through the most challenging time in its history.’

Herbert, 59, was born in Munich on 24 October 1958. He studied vehicle technology at Munich University of Applied Sciences and then mechanical engineering at Munich Technical University.

His career has included successful stints with Robert Bosch GmbH and BMW AG.

In 2015, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Herbert member of the board of management of Volkswagen AG and chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.