BMW Engine Specialist to Become Next Audi CEO

It looks like the Volkswagen Group is finally ready to name a new, long-term leader at Audi.

Volkswagen announced Tuesday that Markus Duesmann, an engine development expert from BMW, will join the its Board of Management, but made no mention of Audi.

A report from Automobilewoche, though, claims that Duesmann is being tapped for the CEO position that Rupert Stadler left vacant at Audi.

Stadler left his position when he was arrested in June. He was temporarily replaced by Abraham Schot, a sales executive from within the company.

The health of Audi is an important matter, since it is among the Group’s biggest profit centers.

Duesmann will become the second major figure in the Volkswagen to be poached from BMW, as Herbert Diess, who became CEO of the Volkswagen Group in April, also defected from the Bavarian brand.

Just when Duesmann will leave BMW and actually start work in Ingolstadt remains to be seen, but the VW Group has promised that it will happen “”as soon as he is able to do so.”

[source: Automotive News]