WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen Group announced that a new Board of Management function for “China” will be set up at Group level, thus underpinning the significance of the largest sales market in the world. Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, latterly Group Board of Management member with responsibility for “Commercial Vehicles,” will head the new function, according to media reports.
Heizmann, 60, will replace Karl-Thomas Neumann as new president and CEO of Volkswagen China, effective on September 1.
Heizmann began his career in the car manufacturing industry in 1982 at Audi NSU Auto Union AG in Ingolstadt, Germany. In October 1991, Heizmann transferred to Volkswagen AG and took up the position of head of central planning for engine production in Wolfsburg. In August 1993, he was appointed head of production planning at Volkswagen Passenger Cars. On January 1, 2000, Heizmann was appointed general technical manager and spokesman for the management of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH and Volkswagen Sachsen Immobilienverwaltung GmbH. From February 2001 until the end of January 2007, Jochem Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Audi AG responsible for “Production.”
Additionally, from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2009, Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen brand with responsibility for “Production and Logistics.” Furthermore, he was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for projects in Russia and India as well as for the development of new production facilities in the USA and China. From February 1, 2007 to September 30, 2010, Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for “Group Production.”
According to company information, Volkswagen sold 858,900 vehicles in China in the first four months, a year-on-year rise of 15.9 percent. Volkswagen sold 2.25 million vehicles in China last year, and the company expects to sell 5 million units in 2020.