Volkswagen Group continues the reshuffling of its executives with a sudden transfer that sees VW model gross sales and advertising and marketing boss Jürgen Stackmann changed by Porsche Cars North America’s CEO, Klaus Zellmer.
The transfer, efficient September 15, 2020, is formally resulting from the truth that Jürgen Stackmann “will leave the Volkswagen Group”. His successor, Klaus Zellmer, will assume the place of Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales on the Volkswagen Passenger Cars model instantly.
The proven fact that there was no advance discover has raised some eyebrows in German media. According to Automobilwoche, Stackmann has fallen out of favor along with his superiors. He was blamed for the truth that the Golf briefly had to surrender market management in Europe to the Renault Clio due to the botched launch of the Golf Mk8. Top executives are additionally stated responsible him for doing too little to enhance gross sales of Golf and Passat fashions. Of course, none of that’s talked about within the official assertion.
“Jürgen Stackmann has steered Sales via difficult occasions with nice dedication and competence during the last 5 years. At the identical time, he has ready his division for the main transformation points going through our trade. We are significantly grateful to him for these achievements“, stated Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars model.
As for Stackmann’s successor, VW model’s CEO stated: “Klaus Zellmer has greater than 20 years’ expertise in Sales and a deep understanding of the worldwide car trade. Together with him, we’ll systematically proceed to pursue the course set by ‘New Volkswagen’.’’ Klaus Zellmer has been with Porsche AG for 23 years, most notably as CEO of Porsche Germany from 2010 to 2015 and president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) from 2015 to 2020.
He can be succeeded on the helm of Porsche’s North America subsidiary by Kjell Gruner, presently Chief Marketing Officer and Global Vice President Marketing. Gruner will begin his new function with PCNA in Atlanta on November 1, 2020, with day-to-day operations of Porsche Cars North America to be shared between its CFO, Thierry Kartochian and its COO, Joe Lawrence till then.