Germany – Frank Fischer, currently head of the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will take over as manager at Emden after Jens Herrman was named plant manager and head of production at Wolfsburg. Herrman replaces Siegfried Fiebig, who becomes management spokesperson at Sachsen. Christian Koch will lead Chattanooga, after serving as managing director, D class at Sachsen.
Fischer joined VW in 1991 and was jointly responsible for basic strategic issues and competition benchmarking before taking charge of the bodyshop at Wolfsburg, then moving to Emden as head of production. He later became plant manager at Brunswick. Fischer headed up the project team for the new Chattanooga plant from 2008 and became plant manager in 2010.
Herrman arrived at VW in 1988, became head of industrial engineering for vehicle construction at Wolfsburg and later assumed responsibility for a production line. He switched to Seat in 2003 as assembly manager in Barcelona. Herrman returned to Wolfsburg three years later, with general responsibility for vehicle assembly at the main plant. He became production manager at Emden in 2008, and plant manager two years later.
After joining VW in 1978, Fiebig held a number of positions at Wolfsburg, Salzgitter and Emden. He later became head of logistics planning at Volkswagen Brand Logistics, head of logistics at Emden, then head of production and subsequently acting head of the plant. He took charge of Emden in 2003 after serving as technical director and management spokesperson in Brussels. He then oversaw site management and became head of Golf production at Wolfsburg, before taking up the role of plant manager and head of vehicle production in 2008.
Christian Koch started at VW in 1990, holding posts in powertrain and component planning in the production technology department at Salzgitter. After serving in management positions both there and at Sachsen, he led the establishment of a joint venture in Shanghai for local production of an in-line four-cylinder petrol engine. Koch held a number of management positions within China, including president of the Chengdu branch of FAW-Volkswagen, before taking up his current post at Sachsen last year.
The appointments become effective this month.