Volkswagen SA’s big boss moves to Brazil
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.