The Volkswagen Automotive Group has announced a change amongst its executive ranks, with Thomas Ulbrich (47) being appointed as a Board of Management member for Production and Logistics at Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Ulbrich succeeds Dr. Hubert Waltl (55), who becomes the new Board of Management member for Production at Audi AG. The changes are effective April 1, 2014.
Thomas Ulbrich holds a degree in vehicle engineering and is also qualified as an automotive mechanic. Having joined the Volkswagen Group in 1989, Ulbrich became head of logistics at FAW-Volkswagen in China in 1996. Two years later, he assumed responsibility for assembly segment II at the Wolfsburg plant, and then became head of plant logistics at Emden in 1999.
In 2001, Ulbrich was named technical managing director and speaker of the management board of Auto 5000 in Wolfsburg. In 2008, he became Board of Management member for Production at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, and in 2010 moved to Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Co, in China as Technical Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for production and logistics at a total of five locations.
Dr. Hubert Waltl
Dr. Hubert Waltl holds a degree in mechanical engineering and also is also qualified as a toolmaker and mechanical engineering technician. He began his career in the Volkswagen Group in 1973 as an apprentice at Audi. Since 1994, he has since held various management functions in the areas of tool and dye and production planning in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. In 2002, Waltl was made responsible for the tool and dye unit within the Audi brand. In addition to these responsibilities, Waltl was also in charge of tool and dye within the Group network, as well as body shop planning and tool and dye for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand from 2007. In 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.