Volk­swa­gen SA’s big boss moves to Brazil

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DAVID Pow­els, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Volk­swa­gen South Africa since 2007, has been ap­pointed as Pres­i­dent of VW Brasil as of Fe­bru­ary 1 next year. Tak­ing his place as head of the South African op­er­a­tion will be Thomas Schäfer, an en­gi­neer who has been with VW Ger­many since 2012 as Head of Group Pro­duc­tion (For­eign Plants).

Pow­els moves to one of VW’s big­gest op­er­a­tions out­side of Ger­many, a coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion of over 200 mil­lion peo­ple and a car mar­ket of 3.5 mil­lion units an­nu­ally. VW is the big­gest man­u­fac­turer in Brazil, pro­duc­ing over 700 000 cars a year. Dur­ing Pow­els’ ten­ure as MD in SA the company in­vested over R7-bil­lion in plant, prod­uct and in­fra­struc­ture, and the Polo and Polo Vivo be­came the coun­try’s best-sell­ing pas­sen­ger cars.

David Pow­els is re­lo­cat­ing after seven years as VWSA MD.

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