Bernhard MaierCzech Republic – Previously sales and marketing director at Porsche, Bernhard Maier takes over the leadership of Skoda from Winfried Vahland, who leaves the Volkswagen Group at his own request.

Maier held several managerial positions at BMW in Germany and abroad before leading the business operations of Porsche Deutschland from 2001. He became board member for sales and marketing for Porsche in Stuttgart in 2010.

"SKODA has grown impressively over recent years with a remarkable number of new vehicle launches," commented Maier. "The company has a stable base for further successful development."

Winfried Vahland is leaving VW after 25 years, including five as head of Skoda.