Members of the Supervisory Board and Board of Management
Effective February 8, 2019, Mr. Uwe Hück stepped down as a member of the Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board. At the request of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and in accordance with section 104 of the AktG, the Braunschweig Registry Court appointed Mr. Werner Weresch to succeed him as a member of the Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board with effect from February 21, 2019.
The terms of office of Dr. Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, Dr. Hans Michel Piëch and Dr. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche on the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG duly ended at the close of the 59th Annual General Meeting. On May 14, 2019, the Annual General Meeting re-elected all three for a further full term of office on the Supervisory Board.
Effective May 31, 2019, Ms. Birgit Dietze stepped down as a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG. At the request of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and in accordance with section 104 of the AktG, the Braunschweig Registry Court appointed Ms. Conny Schönhardt, Union Secretary to the board of IG Metall, to succeed her as a member of the Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board with effect from June 21, 2019. On July 11, 2019, the Supervisory Board elected Ms. Schönhardt as a member of the Audit Committee.
Prof. Jochem Heizmann retired from the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with effect from January 10, 2019 under a retirement program. His Board responsibility for the China division was transferred to Dr. Herbert Diess with effect from January 11, 2019.
Mr. Abraham Schot will step down from the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG by mutual agreement, effective March 31, 2020. On November 15, 2019, the Supervisory Board appointed Mr. Markus Duesmann to succeed Mr. Schot as a member of the Board of Management with effect from April 1, 2020. Mr. Duesmann will especially be responsible for the Premium brand group and for the Group Research and Development division on the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. Dr. Herbert Diess will take over the Group Sales division with effect from April 1, 2020.
Our sincere thanks go to all of the departing members of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management for their work.
On August 25, 2019, the long-time Chairman of the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch, died at the age of 82. During his career, Prof. Dr. Piëch was instrumental in the development of the automobile and of the automotive industry, and especially in the growth of Volkswagen to become a global mobility group. The Company and everyone who works for it have enormous gratitude and respect for his services. We will always remember him and his life’s work.
On January 3, 2020, Dr. Werner P. Schmidt, former member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management, died at the age of 87. Dr. Schmidt belonged to the Board of Management from 1975 to 1994 and demonstrated tireless commitment throughout this period, during which he made an important contribution to shaping our company. We will fondly remember his accomplishments.