VW appoints Ralf Brandstätter COO

Ralf Brandstätter Volkswagen brand board member for procurement, has been named chief operating officer (COO) of the Volkswagen brand effective 1 August 2018.

In this newly-created function, Ralf will lead the Volkswagen brand’s operating business. At the same time, he continues as the brand’s board member for procurement.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said, ‘Ralf Brandstätter has outstanding commercial and technical expertise. In the newly-created function of COO he will make a decisive contribution to taking the Volkswagen brand further forward.’

Ralf was born in Brunswick on 8 September 1968. He trained as a shopfitter at the Volkswagen plant in Brunswick. He then studied industrial engineering and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1993.

Ralf was named head of group procurement exterieur in 2010. He was appointed head of group purchasing new product launches in 2012 and was made a general representative of Volkswagen AG in October 2015. Ralf became the Volkswagen brand board member with responsibility for procurement in December 2015.