Within the next few months, Volkswagen AG production chief Jochem Heizmann will step down to take on a new role to tighten the cooperation between truckmaking units Scania AB and MAN SE, according to sources familiar with the matter. It remains to be confidential but these sources shared that VW has yet to choose a replacement for Heizmann.
According to the agenda for the gathering of the Soedertaelje, Sweden-based unit of Volkswagen, Heizmann will be named as the new deputy board chairman of Scania during the May 6 meeting.
Heizmann, a member of VW's executive committee since February 2007, is a close aide of VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, who chairs Scania's 14-member board.
As production chief, he spent nearly five years working at VW's Audi luxury division alongside Winterkorn who was then the unit's CEO. Heizmann's addition to Scania's board will aid VW's desire for a linkup between the two heavy-truck makers.
Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive at University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, said that the decision is an obvious step by VW to build the trucks alliance they've wanted. VW and Scania have both not commented on this matter to date.