Dr. Andreas Tostmann (pictured) has been appointed Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for Production and Logistics, and the OEM has created two new departments supporting digital applications in the inbound and outbound logistics parts of its business, and appointing managers.
Born in Peine (Germany) in 1962, Dr. Tostmann holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a degree in Economics from the University Braunschweig.
In 1990 he joined the Volkswagen Group in the Group product planning area. From 1994 Dr. Tostmann was then responsible for product planning powertrain at Volkswagen de México. He assumed responsibility for technical project planning and project management powertrain for the Volkswagen Group in 1995, before becoming manager of Volkswagen’s Salzgitter (Germany) plant in 2001. Three years later, Dr. Tostmann became Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Slovakia in 2007. In this function, Dr. Tostmann also assumed responsibility for production until November 2011. Following this, he became SEAT Executive Vice President for Production, a post he held until he assumed his current position at the Volkswagen brand.
Developing digital logistics
Volkswagen Group Logistics has stated that Matthias Braun is now heading the Digitalization and Concept Development department, associated with the Material Logistics business unit headed by Astrid Lühring. Braun has worked with Volkswagen Group since 1997. Following various positions in logistics, he was responsible for the planning of inbound transport networks and location projects at Volkswagen Group Logistics from 2015 to 2017.
At the same time, Matthias Schicke has been made responsible for Digitalization and Process Optimization on the outbound side of Volkswagen Group Logistics. He reports to Markus Lange, head of vehicle logistics at the division. Matthias Schicke joined Volkswagen in 2002. Most recently, he was the project manager responsible for optimising business processes in the field of vehicle logistics within the group.
“Digitalisation, alternative powertrains and new business areas are opening up entirely new business possibilities for us,” said Thomas Zernechel, head of Volkswagen Group Logistics. “With projects such as the new networking platform Discovery, the use of LNG trucks in our road haulage operations and LNG vessels for overseas transportation, we are already very well positioned. The newly created departments for digitalisation at Material Logistics and Vehicle Logistics will intensify our efforts in connection with these and other innovation topics. This way, we intend to keep abreast of the rapid pace of change and to continue the development of Group Logistics in a consistent and targeted way.”