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Volkswagen’s executive Hubert Waltl has been named by subsidiary Audi as its new production chief, succeeding Frank Dreves who announced his retirement.

According to Audi, Dreves, 61 has requested his retirement and after March 31, Waltl, 55 would succeed him from his current position of production boss at Volkswagen’s namesake brand.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi said: “Like Frank Dreves, Hubert Waltl is also an Audi man through and through. He started his career in 1976 in tool making in Ingolstadt, and therefore knows the Audi plants as well as the production sites of the Volkswagen brand.”

Waltl, which has been the production boss at VW since 2009 is best known for overseeing the introduction of the new modular production system, while also being key in VW’s development of production facilities outside Germany.

Peter Mosch, chairman of the General Works Council of Audi, says: “Waltl is well known to everyone at Audi. He was the head of the toolmaking department before he left for Volkswagen. Now we are looking forward to his return. We are confident that he has the right feel for this company and its employees. Dreves deserves our thanks. He was always an excellent partner during our discussions and was committed to the interests of the employees.”

Meanwhile, Dreves, the departing production chief, started work as a machinery mechanic and had studies of mechanical engineering. He joined Audi in 1982 and after various positions within the company and also at Seat, he became the member of the management board for production in 2007.