Matthias Muller, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, has now joined as Chairman of Supervisory Board of AUDI AG with immediate effect. The post of Deputy Chairman will continue to be held by Berthold Huber.
The two seats that were reserved for members representing shareholders and were lying vacant will be now filled in by Josef Ahorner and Julia Kuhn Piech. Matthias Muller had joined in as a Management Board Member in Volkswagen AG on March 1, 2015 and had been its Chairman since September 25, 2015.
Regarding his educational background, Matthias Muller completed his high school education from Ingolstadt after which he completed an apprenticeship in toolmaking at Audi. After graduating in informatics from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Matthias Muller continued working in Audi where he climbed the ranks and became Head of Product Management for Audi, SEAT and Lamborghini brands.
From the year 2007, he was the Head of Product Management for the Volkswagen and VW brands, and was also Executive VP of Volkswagen. After that he joined in and continued as the Chairman of the Board of Management of Dr. Ing.H.C. F. Porsche AG until September 2015. Josef Ahorner, 55 years old, is the Chairman of the supervisory Board of Emarsys AG, and is also its main shareholder.
From 1996 to 2008, he was a shareholder committee member of Salzburger Porsche Holding. Julia Kuhn-Piech, 34, is a real estate manager and a supervisory board member of MAN SE and the Truck and Bus Division of MAN AG.
Audi sold a record figure of 1,741,100 cars worldwide in 2014, which is 10.4% higher than the sales figure in 2013.
UK sales grew by 11.8% with 158,987 cars delivered. To carry on with this increased sales trend, Audi plans to invest 24 billion Euros by the end of 2019, out of which 70% will be utilised for the development of new models and technology. The corporate responsibility that is expected from the brand is entirely achieved by establishing the sustainability principle for its products and methods.
The brand’s long term aim is to achieve CO2 neutral mobility. In this regard, Audi’s sports cars have performed exceptionally and created history in 2012 when the hybrid diesel technology in the R18 e-tron quattro won the Le Mans 24-hour race. This performance was repeated in 2013 and 2014 races which raised the total Audi victories to 13.