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Dr. Winfried Vahland

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Heritage Yeovil Mead Avenue Houndstone Business Park

Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RT

United Kingdom

Company Description

We are proud to represent the ŠKODA brand with our dealership in Yeovil. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the highest quality of service in every area. Being part of the authorised ŠKODA network means our friendly staff are trained to ŠKODA's st ... more

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Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

Volkswagen Group China

President and Chief Executive Officer

Volkswagen AG

Chief Executive Officer



Appointed Member of Board of Management


Mechanical Engineering and Economics

Technical University Darmstadt

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Sinclair Group - News Skoda Superb 2015 officially unveiled [cached]

The head of Skoda, Professor Dr Winfried Vahland, certainly has high aspirations for this new model: "We want to be the best in the class, at the very top".

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Czech Republic - Previously sales and marketing director at Porsche, Bernhard Maier takes over the leadership of Skoda from Winfried Vahland, who leaves the Volkswagen Group at his own request.

Winfried Vahland is leaving VW after 25 years, including five as head of Skoda.

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Winfried Vahland BRAND CEO

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: After several years working for Volkswagen in Brazil, Vahland joined Skoda in 2002 as finance chief. Three years later he was picked to lead Volkswagen's operations in China, where he introduced the Olympia restructuring program that put the carmaker back on course in its most important growth market. He returned to Skoda as CEO in September 2010.
REASON FOR WINNING: Vahland has transformed Skoda into a volume and profit driver for the Volkswagen Group, upstaging even the VW brand with its success.
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Having recently led the Chinese region and the SKODA brand to success in his roles as Group CEO for China and SKODA CEO, Winfried Vahland is one of the group's best managers to take responsibility for the new region. As NAR President, he will be a member of the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand's Board of Management. He will take over his new NAR role on November 1, 2015. The exact structure of the NAR is currently being developed. Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland graduated from the Technical University Darmstadt with a major in Mechanical Engineering and Economics, and began his professional career with GM in 1984. He joined Audi AG in 1990 and Volkswagen AG in 1993. From 1997, he was Vice President for Volkswagen in Brazil. He was appointed Member of SKODA AUTO's Board of Management in 2002, and became Vice Chairman one year later. In 2005, he assumed the position of President and CEO of Volkswagen Group in China. More recently, since 2010, he has been responsible for the brand's new direction as CEO of SKODA AUTO. About Volkswagen Canada: Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario.

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Dr. Winfried Vahland | VW's new North America chief resigns in the midst of diesel crisis VW's new North America chief resigns in the midst of diesel crisis | Autoweek Autoweek Logo

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Dr. Winfried Vahland has led VW in China as well as Skoda globally over the last decade. Photo by Skoda
Former Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland reportedly leaving over differences in US strategy
The newly named North America chief, Dr. Winfried Vahland, is leaving his new position at VW AG which he was due to start in November, Automotive News reports.
Vahland, 58, was appointed to the newly created position during the VW AG board meeting on Sept. 25 of this year, which saw a significant number of executive reshufflings following the departure of VW CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn earlier that week.
Vahland is a 25-year veteran of VW AG, and has led the Czech Skoda division globally since 2010.
Vahland is reportedly leaving the post due to differences of opinion over the company's U.S. strategy.
Vahland will therefore not be taking up the position of overall responsibility for the North American Region (NAR). Differing views on the organization of the new Group region have led to this decision; this decision is expressly not related to current events on the issue of diesel engines."
Vahland's departure will likely create further headaches for the newly created North American Region for Volkswagen AG, comprised of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Namely, his departure will deprive VW AG of an experienced executive who contributed to Skoda's tremendous global success over the last several years, as well as Volkswagen's growth in China in the mid-2000s. Vahland was picked for the position with the hope of steering the company's Canadian and U.S. operations out of the diesel crisis and overseeing the company's recall strategy in the region.

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