Audi’s new CEO is BMW’s old engine head

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Words: Nile Bijoux
18 Nov 2019

Markus Duesmann will take over as Audi’s CEO on April 1, 2020 (no joke) after working at BMW from 2007 to 2010, then again from 2012 to 2018.

Part of Duesmann’s job description is pushing sustainable mobility and “the determined decarbonisation of the company".

Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen Group, said in a prepared statement: "As an excellent engineer, Markus Duesmann will do everything in his power to leverage the great potential of the Audi brand and will once again demonstrate the promise of Vorsprung durch Technik [Advancement through Technology]."

Diess has been reportedly been interested in Duesmann since 2018, although the former’s existing contract with BMW and a non-compete clause complicated things some.

Duesmann is replacing current CEO Bram Schot, who is leaving Audi by “best mutual agreement.” Schot stepped into the CEO position after then-boss Rupert Stadler was arrested over fears he would tamper with witnesses and evidence related to official Dieselgate investigations.

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