As part of the election of the employee representatives on the Supervisory Board on March 22, 2012, Mr. Uwe Fritsch, Chairman of the Works Council at the Braunschweig plant, was elected as a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG for the first time to succeed Mr. Peter Jacobs. The other existing employee representatives on the Supervisory Board were re-elected for a further term of office.
The 52nd Annual General Meeting elected Ms. Ursula Piëch and Prof. Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch to the Supervisory Board for a full term of office. Subsequently, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG elected Prof. Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch as Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Berthold Huber as Deputy Chairman at its constituent meeting on April 19, 2012.
Mr. Wolfgang Ritmeier, Mr. Jürgen Stumpf and Mr. Bernd Wehlauer stepped down from the Supervisory Board at the end of 2012 since they have retired/will retire from the Company for reasons of age. We would like to thank them for their hard work for the Supervisory Board. Effective January 1, 2013, Dr. Hans-Peter Fischer, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Management Association, Mr. Jürgen Dorn, Chairman of the Group Works Council of MAN SE and Mr. Stephan Wolf, Deputy Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen AG, were appointed by the court to the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG as their successors.
As part of the restructuring of the Volkswagen Group, Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann assumed responsibility for the newly created China function on the Board of Management. Dr. Leif Östling, formerly the CEO of Scania, took over Prof. Heizmann’s previous job as head of the Commercial Vehicles function effective September 1, 2012.
Mr. Erich Küpker, a former minister and former member of the Supervisory Board, died on March 15, 2012 aged 78. As Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Transport, Mr. Küpker served on the Supervisory Board from 1974 to 1978, where his hard work and commitment helped drive forward the Company’s successful development during this period.
Mr. Walter Haefner, a former member of the Supervisory Board, died on June 19, 2012 aged 101. Mr. Haefner served on the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG from 1951 to 1974 and his extensive knowledge of the automotive industry made him a consistent source of expert advice.
Mr. Karl-Heinz Briam, our former Labor Relations Director, died on August 17, 2012 aged 89. Mr. Briam made a significant contribution to the Volkswagen Group’s successful development, displaying considerable initiative and exemplary commitment.
We shall honor their memory.