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Volkswagen Group pays tribute to lifetime achievement of long-standing Chairman of the Board of Management and Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch (*1937; † 2019)

 Volkswagen Group mourns its longtime CEO and Supervisory Board Chairman Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch. On behalf of all 660,000 employees, the Supervisory Board and the Management Board express their sincere condolences to the family and pay tribute to Piëch's great service to Volkswagen, the Group brands, and the development of the automobile as a whole.


Hans-Dieter Pötsch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft: 
"Ferdinand Piëch has written automotive history - as a manager, ingenious engineer, and a visionary entrepreneur. Since the 1960s, he has shaped the development of the automobile like no other, pushing forward the entire industry and above all Volkswagen, transforming the company into a global mobility group. Our company and its people owe Prof. Piëch a lot. With deep respect, we bow to his life's work. We mourn with his relatives. And we will always keep him and his life's work in honorable memory."


Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft: "Ferdinand Piëch was bold, entrepreneurially consistent, and technically brilliant. As a young engineer, he has made Porsche a brand in racing through legendary vehicles such as the 917 and the Le Mans victory. Since 1972, he has brought Audi to the next technological level with innovations such as the quattro drive and the TDI engine, and has shaped Audi into a premium brand as CEO. Heading the Volkswagen Group, Ferdinand Piëch has advanced its internationalization, the integration of Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti into the Group, and has led our volume brands to international competitiveness through a consistent platform strategy. He integrated Scania and MAN into the Group, laying the foundation for a globally competitive commercial vehicle supplier. Technologically, he and his development teams have repeatedly gone beyond the limits of the feasible: from the first one-liter car in the world to the Bugatti Veyron with 1,001 hp. Above all, Ferdinand Piëch brought quality and perfection down to the last detail in the automotive industry, deeply anchoring it in the Volkswagen DNA. I look with gratitude and great respect at his life's work."

Prof. Dr. Piëch began his career in 1972 at Audi AG. Since 1988, he was CEO of Audi AG, before taking over the position of CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft in 1993. In 2002, Piëch was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. In 2015, he resigned from his mandates in the Volkswagen Group.

In commemoration of Ferdinand Piëch, the flags are set to half-mast in various Volkswagen 
locations, including Wolfsburg and Dresden.

A life in pictures

As a young boy Ferdinand Piëch (right) was a car fan - here with his cousin Alexander and his grandfather Ferdinand Porsche.
In 1965 Piëch (white shirt) became head of the development department at Porsche in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, where he further developed the Porsche 911.
At the legendary "Targa Florio" race in Sicily in 1970 Ferdinand Piëch (left, with light coat) was a guest as motorsport boss with several Porsche 908s.
In 1994 Ferdinand Piëch celebrated the anniversary of 15 million Golf in Wolfsburg - he had been Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG since 1993.
In 1999 Ferdinand Piëch presented the Lupo 3L TDI in Gothenburg, Sweden. The car made a mark as the world's first production car with a fuel consumption of less than three litres.
Piëch laid the foundation stone of the Transparent Factory in Dresden in 1999 together with the then Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Saxony's Prime Minister Kurt Biedenkopf.
The opening of the Autostadt Wolfsburg in 2000 also took place during Piëch's tenure as CEO.
In 2004, Ferdinand Piëch - here with his wife Ursula at the 2009 Annual General Meeting - took over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG.
Piëch was able to announce the best year in the company's history at the 2011 Annual General Meeting - with new record figures for deliveries and operating profit.
Ferdinand and Ursula Piëch were regular guests at the Wörthersee meeting - here in 2013.