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Personnel Changes VW Appoints new Head of Business Unit Engine and Foundry

Editor: Isabell Page

As of December 1, Thoralf Hanschel will become Head of the Engine and Foundry Business Unit at Volkswagen Group Components. He succeeds Herbert Steiner in this function, who was appointed to the Board of Management of SEAT with responsibility for Production and Logistics effective November 1.

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(Source: Volkswagen AG)

"Since the start of Volkswagen Group Components as an independent unit, Herbert Steiner has set the course for the future in this business field. I would like to thank Herbert Steiner for this commitment," says Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components.

"With Thoralf Hanschel, a proven expert in the component business is returning to the headquarters at Győr after a foreign assignment at Audi. He has many years of experience in engine planning and production for our Group. I am therefore sure that Hanschel will successfully continue to manage the business segment and ensure continuity," Schmall continued.

The mechanical engineering graduate Thoralf Hanschel, born in 1964, began his career at Volkswagen in 1991 and has thus held various positions in the Volkswagen Group for 30 years. After initial positions in the central planning department for cardan shafts and in the production technology for power units, Hanschel was responsible from 2000 onwards for setting up international power unit planning and plant allocation. He later took over the planning control of gensets across all brands and regions in the Volkswagen Group, central control of process standardization and the roll-out of the Group production system. In 2016, Hanschel was responsible for the overall planning of the Volkswagen Group's component plants. In 2018 he took over the function of Board Member for Engine Production at Audi Hungaria in Győr, Hungary.

The born Austrian Herbert Steiner studied industrial engineering and mechanical engineering in Graz. Steiner began his career in the Volkswagen Group at Audi in 1998. After holding positions in controlling, project management for series production and purchasing, Steiner was responsible for purchasing strategy and systems. In 2006, the graduate engineer joined SEAT. Initially, he took over the general secretariat there and was finally appointed Managing Director of Gearbox del Prat, now SEAT Components, in 2010. In 2014, Steiner moved to Audi Hungaria at Győr, Hungary. Initially, he was in charge of engine production as Managing Director and was appointed to the Board of Management of Audi Hungaria in 2017. From January 1, 2019, Steiner was Head of the Engine and Foundry business unit within Volkswagen Group Components, an independent business unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG.

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