The German company wants to “foster internationality, diversity and a change of perspective.”

Volkswagen Group wants to attract more international managers and executives to its team, and will be “realigning” its “management culture in good time,” as a new press release from the company says. In other words, the automotive manufacturer is switching its official communication language to English.

Volkswagen Group, owner of Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Skoda, Scania trucks, and SEAT, will be giving “greater priority” to “foreign assignments and knowledge gained in different business areas and brands.” The objective, according to the automaker, is to “foster internationality, diversity and a change of perspective.”

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“Digitalization, connectivity and e-mobility will fundamentally change our industry,” Karlheinz Blessing, member of the board of management of Volkswagen responsible for HR, commented. “This is why we are realigning our management culture in good time. Diversity and international experience will be more important for management than ever before. We will promote a culture of discussion and decision-making, accept that errors are made, support self-correction, strengthen entrepreneurial thinking and action, encourage agility and reinforce overarching cooperation throughout the Group.”

Meanwhile, Volkswagen is preparing to launch a XL version of its Tiguan SUV during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The vehicle will wear the Tiguan moniker in America, while European and Asian customers will be getting it as the Tiguan Allspace. Scheduled to go on sale in the early summer of next year, the car will most likely be offered in the United States with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine in a couple of power outlets, mated to a DSG automatic gearbox with two clutches.

2018 VW Atlas production start
2018 Volkswagen Atlas: LA 2016
2018 Volkswagen Atlas: LA 2016

The car will be positioned below the recently introduced Atlas SUV, described as the “boldest vehicle ever sold by the brand in America.” Production of the MQB-based vehicle has already kicked off at VoA’s Chattanooga plant, and will effectively go on sale next spring.

Source: Volkswagen

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Volkswagen Group realigns management development

  • Blessing: "We are strengthening entrepreneurial action, as well as fostering innovation capabilities, agility and Group-wide cooperation"
  • Diversity — more women and international personnel in top management
  • English to be Group language in the future 

The Volkswagen Group is realigning the development of its management. In future, the Group will be aiming for managers with a broader experience profile. Among other things, greater priority will be given to foreign assignments and knowledge gained in different business areas and brands. The objective is to foster internationality, diversity and a change of perspective. Female managers are to gain the experience and capabilities they need for appointment to top management positions faster. 

"Digitalization, connectivity and e-mobility will fundamentally change our industry. This is why we are realigning our management culture in good time," said Dr. Karlheinz Blessing, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft responsible for Human Resources. "Diversity and international experience will be more important for management than ever before. We will promote a culture of discussion and decision-making, accept that errors are made, support self-correction, strengthen entrepreneurial thinking and action, encourage agility and reinforce overarching cooperation throughout the Group."

"In future, English is to be the Group language," Blessing added. This will improve access to the top management level for international top performers and cooperation among top managers. As a globally positioned Group, we need the best people in the world." In addition, international assignments and experience in different markets and business areas will be taken into consideration in future appointments. In a transitional phase up to the end of 2021, the criteria will be taken as guidelines, after which they will become binding.

Blessing emphasized: "We want managers to cooperate in the overall interests of the Group and leverage the potential available within this great company with comprehensive knowledge and a concerted effort."