Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Jochem Heizmann

Functional Responsibility 'China'

Jochem Heizmann was born on January 31, 1952 in Speyer, Germany. 

After graduating from school in Speyer, he completed a degree in industrial engineering at Karlsruhe University (TH) in 1975. He worked there as an academic assistant and was granted a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in 1980. Jochem Heizmann was employed at Karlsruhe University as a chief engineer with various teaching posts and also as a freelance business consultant until the beginning of 1982. 

Jochem Heizmann began his career in the car manufacturing industry in 1982 at Audi NSU AUTO UNION AG in Ingolstadt, Germany. He was initially appointed head of the work systems department. Until 1991, he was employed in various other managerial roles, including head of the technological development department, followed by the assembly (vehicle production) department. 

In October 1991, Jochem Heizmann transferred to Volkswagen AG and took up the position of head of central industrial engineering and planning for components in Wolfsburg. In August 1993, he was appointed head of production planning at Volkswagen Passenger Cars. 

In this position, Jochem Heizmann was responsible for planning, series production start-up, and commissioning of production facilities for new vehicles and engines worldwide. He was also responsible for tool and dye at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. 

On January 1, 2000, Jochem Heizmann was appointed general technical manager and spokesman for the management of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH and Volkswagen Sachsen Immobilienverwaltung GmbH. In this position, Jochem Heizmann was responsible for the vehicle plant in Zwickau and for the engine factory in Chemnitz. 

From February 2001 until the end of January 2007, Jochem Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG responsible for 'Production'. Jochem Heizmann was made a guest professor of Tongji University in Shanghai on March 16, 2004. 

Prof. Dr. Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Group Commercial Vehicles' from October 1, 2010 until August 31, 2012. From February 1, 2007 until September 30, 2010 Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'Group Production'. Additionally, from October 1, 2007, until September 30, 2009, Heizmann was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen brand with responsibility for 'Production and Logistics'. Furthermore, he was member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for projects in Russia and India as well as for the development of new production facilities in the USA and China. 

With effect from September 1, 2012, the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Jochem Heizmann member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for 'China'. In addition, he holds the position of President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. 

On December 1, 2006, Heizmann was named an honorary professor of the mechanical engineering faculty at Chemnitz University of Technology. On October 14, 2010, Heizmann received an honorary doctorate with the academic title of Dr.-Ing. E. h. from Chemnitz University of Technology. 

Status: June 2014

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