VW Group names former BMW executive Duesmann as Audi CEO

Volkswagen Group said former BMW executive Markus Duesmann will head its Audi brand, effective April 1.

Current Audi chief Bram Schot, 58, will leave the company by “amicable mutual agreement” on March 31, VW Group said.

Duesmann, 50, is a former head of purchasing at BMW.

The move has been expected since mid-September.

Duesmann is an “excellent engineer” and “will do everything in his power to leverage the full potential of the Audi brand and as such will once more demonstrate our commitment to the promise Vorsprung durch Technik,” VW Group CEO Herbert Diess said in a statement on Friday.

Schot, Audi’s former sales and marketing chief, was promoted to CEO only in January.

He had held the role on an interim basis after Munich prosecutors detained former CEO Rupert Stadler in June 2018 for his alleged role in helping to bring Audi diesel cars equipped with illegal software on to the European market.

Stadler and three other defendants have been charged with false certification and criminal advertising practices.