Volkswagen has announced that Michael Mauer will be the next head of Group Design, thus replacing the former chief Walter de Silva, who retired at the end of last month.
Volkswagen Group has announced some structural and staff changes, among which the appointing of Michael Mauer as the head of the Group’s Design department. Mauer studied vehicle design and began his career at Mercedes-Benz in 1986, holding various functions until 2000, including design responsibility for the A-Class, SLK and SL models, as well as Smart design. He moved to Saab as Executive Director Design in 2000 and was also given responsibility for Advanced Design at General Motors Europe in 2003. He has been Head of the Design Department at Porsche AG since 2004 and was also in charge with styling the 2007 Porsche Cayenne, the Panamera and the 918 Spyder. Mauer is replacing Walter de Silva, who announced its retirement last month.
Volkswagen also revealed some other staff changes, including Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn’s appointment in the lead of Group Research and Development division. Eichhorn, which started his career at Ford, was Head of Volkswagen Group Research from 2000 to 2003. Fred Kappler will assume responsibility for Group Sales, Wolfram Thomas takes charge of Group Production – he has been with the Volkswagen Group for 35 years, while Ralf-Gerhard Willner will lead Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy.