Volkswagen Group Communications restructuring with effect from June 1, 2012

A major reshuffle took place at top level strata of Volkswagen Group Communications which will come into effect from June 1, 2012. First and foremost, Michael Brendel, the present Deputy Head of Corporate Communications, a position he has held since August 2010, will take over as the new Head – Corporate & Business.

Likewise, Stefan Ernst has been selected to be the new spokesperson for Environment & Stability at Volkswagen Group Communications. The 47 year old Group Spokesperson will hence forth be in charge of all environmental and sustainability issues and will report directly to Michael Brendel.

Ernst also previously held the post of editor for economics at the BILD Office and has vast experience in both politics and economics. Besides this, he is also a trained shipping agent and has studied both journalism and languages at Hamburg, Minneapolis and Washington. This top level reshuffle will be effective from 1st June 2012.

News Release: Changes at Volkswagen Group Communications

– Michael Brendel to head Corporate & Business

– Stefan Ernst becomes spokesperson for Environment and Sustainability

– Enrico Beltz to take charge of Sales Communications

Michael Brendel (41) takes up the post of Head of Corporate & Business Communications at Volkswagen Group Communications effective June 1, 2012. Brendel has been Deputy Head of Corporate Communications since August 2010; the department has been headed in an interim capacity by Stephan Grühsem, General Representative for Group Communications, External Relations and Investor Relations, who held the position in addition to his other duties.

Brendel was also in charge of the Sales Communications section in the Corporate Communications department, and this post will now be occupied by Enrico Beltz (36), whose duties at Sales Communications have to date focused on international issues.

Also with effect from June 1, the economics journalist Stefan Ernst will take charge of Environmental Communications. As Group Spokesperson, the 47-year-old will be responsible for all issues relating to the environment and sustainability and will report to Michael Brendel. Ernst was latterly the responsible editor for economics at the BILD office in the German capital and previously held various posts on the politics/economics newsdesk for the nationwide issue of the BILD newspaper. Ernst is a trained shipping agent and studied journalism and languages in Hamburg, Minneapolis and Washington.