via Automotive News
MUNICH — Porsche has named production chief Oliver Blume as the new CEO at the VW Group-controlled sports car maker.
Blume, 47, a former manager at VW’s luxury division Audi who has overseen production at Porsche since 2013, will replace Matthias Mueller, who has taken the helm at Volkswagen, Porsche said today in a statement (see PDF of release, right).
Porsche is grappling with the loss of several executives since its parent was rocked by the admission that it cheated U.S. vehicle emissions tests.
Mueller, 62, last week replaced Martin Winterkorn, who resigned as CEO of Europe’s largest automaker Sept. 23 amid VW’s biggest business-related scandal in its 78-year-history.
The departure of Mueller, who ran Porsche for almost five years, came a day after the company announced personnel chief Thomas Edig would leave Porsche to join VW’s commercial-vehicles division.
Edig also served as Porsche’s deputy chairman of the executive board. That post will go to Lutz Meschke, 49, who is also Porsche’s finance chief.
As a result of the management shake-up at VW Group, Porsche also lost is global sales boss as Bernhard Maier, 55, was tapped to become CEO at VW Czech subsidiary Skoda.
Maier will be replaced by Detlev von Platen, 51, who relocates to Porsche’s headquarters in Zuffenhausen from the U.S., where he was head of Porsche Cars North America for a little more than seven years.