Audi only recently named its new CEO, Markus Duesmann. After Bram Schot did an admirable job as interim CEO, following the firing of Rupert Stadler, it’s now Duesmann’s time to run the four-ringed brand. However, he’s also been given an additional title, bringing even more responsibility, as he’s been named the Head of Technical Development.
Duesmann will be taking over for Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, who is leaving Audi at his own request.
“One of our most experienced development engineers is leaving the company after 34 years. Many cars from Volkswagen, Bentley, Škoda and most recently Audi bear his signature. The Supervisory Board thanks Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler for 34 years of successful work at the Volkswagen Group and wishes him all the best for the future. I am convinced that Markus Duesmann will accelerate the transformation with a view to the Audi aspiration of Vorsprung durch Technik.” said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Supervisory board.
Peter Mosch, Deputy Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the General Works Council, echoed a similar sentiment.
Duesmann is an engineer himself and should be very capable of improving both the quality and technology of modern Audis moving forward. These are very important times for the brand and it must innovate to survive. Hopefully Duesmann is up to that task.