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The Volkswagen Group of America has announced that Stefan Schüller has been named the new Executive Vice President of Group Quality, replacing Marc Trahan who is retiring after 35 years at the company. Schüller brings more than 20 years of technical and leadership experience to the role, and his duties will include overseeing vehicle quality, reliability and customer satisfaction for Audi and Volkswagen.
Read the full Press Release below.
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Herndon, VA – Volkswagen Group of America today announced that Stefan Schüller has been named as Executive Vice President of Group Quality for Volkswagen Group of America. In this role Schüller will oversee the vehicle quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction efforts for both Volkswagen and Audi in the United States.
Schüller, 52, will take on this position with over 20 years of technical and leadership experience within the Volkswagen Group, including his most recent roles as Head of Product Safety and Product Reliability with Audi AG and Head of Product Readiness/Procurement with Audi AG. A native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Schüller, obtained a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Hannover.
Schüller will be replacing Marc Trahan who will retire after a 35-year career with Volkswagen Group of America. The transition will be effective July 1, 2014; Trahan will continue to support the business through the end of the year.
“We would like to thank Marc Trahan for an incredible 35 years of dedication to Volkswagen Group of America,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Marc has been integral in establishing quality processes and leading the team in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His reputation in the industry and passion for cars has made him a true asset to our executive team.”
“Furthermore, we would like to welcome Stefan to Volkswagen Group of America,” Horn continued. “Stefan will be instrumental in continuing Volkswagen and Audi’s continued commitment to quality.”
Trahan’s career with Volkswagen Group of America spans 35 years. In his current role, Trahan was integral in improving vehicle quality, strengthening dealer support, and helping to shorten response and resolution time. Under Trahan’s leadership, vehicle warranty claims have been reduced by 54 percent since 2010.