A mechanical engineer by training, Oliver Blume has 20 years of experience within the Volkswagen Group. At Audi, he was responsible for the coachwork of the A3 and cross-site pilot production. For Seat, he led planning and the pilot production centre at Barcelona, Spain, from 2004 to 2009, before taking on worldwide production planning for the Volkswagen Group at Wolfsburg, Germany.
At Porsche, two new products have been launched during Blume’s tenure, the Macan and the 918 Spyder, plus several 911 derivatives and the new Cayenne. For the Macan, Porsche’s Leipzig site in Germany was extended to become a full plant with body assembly and paintshop. At Zuffenhausen, also in Germany, a small-scale production area was established for the 918 Spyder. Ongoing developments are the addition of a Panamera bodyshop at Leipzig and an engine plant at Zuffenhausen.
Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board, commented: “Oliver Blume and his team gave the Porsche production a new strategic and structural orientation and therefore created the prerequisites for building exciting new sports cars in top quality in future.”