W as the carmaker announced on Friday in Ingolstadt, Matthias is moving Müller joins the Audi Supervisory Board and takes over the chairmanship with immediate effect. Müller succeeds ex-VW group boss Martin Winterkorn, who has resigned from his office. Berthold Huber remains the deputy chairman. In addition, the two vacant seats on the capital side were filled. Julia Kuhn-Piëch and Josef Ahorner join the committee.
Ahorner (55) is chairman of the supervisory board and main shareholder of Emarsys AG and was a member of the shareholders' committee of Salzburg's Porsche Holding from 1996 to 2008. Kuhn-Piëch (34) is a real estate manager and a member of the supervisory boards of MAN SE and the Truck & Bus division of MAN AG.
Knirsch becomes the new Head of Development at Audi
There was also a change in the Development department. After Ulrich Hackenberg, the previous Chief Development Officer, got into the line of fire in the course of the Abgasskansdal, was given leave and is now leaving the company in agreement with the Supervisory Board, Stefan Knirsch is moving up to the development position. The 49-year-old Knirsch will take over this function with effect from January 1, 2016.
Knirsch began his career at Audi in 1990 in engine design. In 1996 he moved to Porsche as project manager for engine development, where he worked from 2001 as head of basic engine development. In 2007 he took over the management of the after-sales function in Porsche sales. In 2010 he switched to the management of the corporate quality department. Knirsch then went to the Rheinmetall Group as Chairman of the Board of Management of Pierburg GmbH. He returned to Audi in May 2013 and took over management of engine development.