BMW manager Duesmann to become new Audi CEO


Duesmann has been responsible for BMW purchasing since 2016.

July 24, 2018 08:07 CET

BERLIN — Audi’s new CEO will be BMW purchasing director Markus Duesmann, German daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Citing sources close to Audi parent, Volkswagen Group, Handelsblatt said Audi wants Duesmann to start as soon as possible.

However, due to a competition clause in his contract, Duesmann may be unable to take up the post until at least six months, Handelsblatt said.

BMW said on Monday that Duesmann would be leaving the company for personal reasons, Handelsblatt said. He has been responsible for the carmaker’s purchasing and supplier network since October 2016,

Audi is looking for a new CEO after it suspended Rupert Stadler following his arrest in mid-June as part of a broader probe into emissions cheating at the premium brand.

Audi named sales executive Bram Schot as an interim replacement with immediate effect after Stadler was detained

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