Walter Hirche stepped down from his position on Volkswagen AG’s Supervisory Board as of the end of the 49th Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2009. The Annual General Meeting therefore elected Dr. Philipp Rösler as his successor for a full term of office.
Dr. Hans Michel Piëch, lawyer in private practice, and Dr. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche, member of the Board of Management of Familie Porsche AG Beteiligungsgesellschaft, were appointed by the court as members of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG effective August 7, 2009. They were elected as members of the Supervisory Board in the course of the Extraordinary General Meeting on December 3, 2009. They succeeded Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking and Holger Härter, who resigned as members of the Supervisory Board effective July 23, 2009.
On November 4, 2009, Jörg Bode, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport for the Federal State of Lower Saxony, was appointed by the court as a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG. He succeeded Dr. Philipp Rösler, who had resigned on October 28, 2009.
At the Supervisory Board meeting on November 20, 2009, we resolved to appoint Christian Klingler and Rupert Stadler as members of the Group Board of Management effective January 1, 2010. Christian Klingler will be responsible for Sales in the Board of Management, while Rupert Stadler was appointed as a member of Volkswagen AG’s Board of Management in his function as Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.
Senator Horst Münzner, who was a member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG from 1965 until 1989, including a period as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, passed away on April 28, 2009 aged 84. Until his retirement, he was the Board of Management member responsible for Procurement and Logistics. Through his commitment and professional expertise, he made a significant contribution to shaping the future of the Company. We will honor his memory.
We would like to thank the members of the Board of Management, the Works Council, the management and all the employees of Volkswagen AG and its affiliated companies for their efforts and achievements in 2009. They have all worked very hard to ensure the positive development of the Volkswagen Group in this difficult environment.
Wolfsburg, February 26, 2010
Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch
Chairman of the Supervisory Board