The Volkswagen Group has aligned its launch team for the mission of rapid and comprehensive industrialization of new battery technologies. A highly talented team led by Frank Blome will work from its base in Salzgitter to develop the rapidly growing battery sector and establish Volkswagen as a global cell manufacturer. To this end, a six-member Executive Board has been appointed to lead the new independent European Company (Société Européenne), an operation which will employ the best international experts in the fields of technology, purchasing, production and finance. The board of directors will begin its work on July 1 and will oversee all activities along the battery value chain – from the sourcing and processing of raw materials to the development of the Volkswagen unit cell and the management of the six the company’s first gigafactories. This work will also include new business models involving second-life uses for vehicle batteries and closed-loop recycling of valuable raw materials. The company will be headquartered at the Salzgitter site, which serves as the Group’s battery hub in Europe.
Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG: “We have put together one of the most competent battery teams in the world and are therefore at the forefront of the competition. Volkswagen has the scale and influence to scale up its e-mobility strategy. with its own battery roadmap.”
Thomas Schmall, Group Board Member for Technology and Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group Components, added: “A successful mission needs a clear goal, a clear strategy to get there and of a team with a strong team spirit. , we will be a driving force behind the transformation of the automotive industry and the future of Volkswagen.”
An overview of the management team of the new battery business:
Chief executive officer
Frank Blome will oversee the entire operation as Managing Director. Blome was born in 1969 in Lingen (Ems). After completing his vocational training as an electrician, Blome specialized in electrical engineering at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. After holding various positions at Continental AG, he led two joint ventures that eventually became subsidiaries of Daimler AG: Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH and Li-Tec Battery GmbH. In 2018, he joined Volkswagen AG and has been responsible for the Battery Division within the Group Technology Division since 2020.
Head of Operations
As Chief Operating Officer, Sebastian Wolf will be responsible, among other things, for the planning, construction and operation of the planned cell factories in Europe. This work will include logistics, equipment and recycling. Wolf was born in 1990 in Oelsnitz in the Vogtland region in eastern Germany. After graduating from a preparatory high school for Istanbul University, Wolf attended universities in Aachen, Bath and Tsinghua in Beijing. The production engineer went on to hold senior positions at Bosch and Boston Consulting, among others, before becoming European CEO of Chinese battery manufacturer Farasis Energy. Wolf has been responsible for Battery Cell operations in the Battery Division since 2021.
As Chief Financial Officer, Kai Alexandre Muller will be responsible, among other things, for management control and accounting, treasury and investor relations. Müller was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1990. After completing his secondary education in Brunei, he attended Oxford University, where he earned a master’s degree in materials engineering, economics and management. He held various positions at Berenberg and Bank of America before becoming head of automotive stocks at Barclays in London. Müller helped pull off several IPOs. At the beginning of 2022, Müller joined the Volkswagen Group as Chief Financial Officer of the Battery Division.
chief technology officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Soonho Ahn will be responsible for technology and product development as well as testing and analysis, among others. Ahn was born in Seoul in 1960. The chemical engineer first studied in Korea and obtained his doctorate in 1992 on the subject of electrochemistry for battery applications at Auburn University in the United States. After his academic career, he held various management positions at battery manufacturers LG Chem and Samsung SDI in Korea, where he was most recently responsible for development. In 2018, he became Global Head of Battery Development at Apple. Ahn became the CTO of the Battery division in early 2022.
As Purchasing Manager, Jörg Teichmann will be responsible, among other things, for raw material purchasing, supplier management and value engineering. Teichmann was born in 1971 in Neustadt an der Orla in the Land of Thuringia, in eastern Germany. After earning a degree in business administration, he first worked for automotive supplier Butz leper. He then held various management positions in purchasing and supplier management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In 2009, he joined the BMW Group as Head of Cost Engineering. In 2016, Teichmann joined Volkswagen AG as Head of Value Engineering and has been Purchasing Director for Group Components since 2021.
Human Resources Director
As Director of Human Resources, Sebastien Krapoth will be responsible for, among other things, human resources, culture and change management and organizational matters. Krapoth was born in Göttingen, northern Germany, in 1970. He graduated in psychology and started his professional career in 1999 at Volkswagen Coaching GmbH. He then held various management positions in the human resources department of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. In 2014, Krapoth joined the company now known as Volkswagen Group Services GmbH as Human Resources Manager and authorized signatory. He became Chairman of the Management Board in 2016. In 2019 he was appointed Human Resources Director of Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Recruitment campaign launched for “Battery Valley”:
Volkswagen will hire many battery experts
Salzgitter’s battery team is expected to grow from 750 to 1,200 employees in a short time. More than 200 of the approximately 500 vacancies must be filled by external candidates. To recruit other experts, Volkswagen Talent Marketing is launching a “digital-only” marketing and recruitment campaign. To attract applicants, the campaign will place a link to the homepage https://www.volkswagen-karriere.de/en/specials/battery-valley.html on Volkswagen Career social media profiles Xing, LinkedIn , Facebook, Instagram.
The campaign will target international battery experts, people who are highly sought after not only by the automotive industry and energy companies. The company does not only focus on chemists with relevant Li-Ion battery experience who can immediately enter the field of cell and cell component development. It is also looking for electrical engineers, process planners for the production of battery cells, quality employees with experience in the chemical industry or companies related to production processes as well as experts working in the field of partnerships and international investments.
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