Michael Jost is leaving the company at his own request to pursue his own projects.
Andreas Walingen, currently working as a head of Group Product Strategy, will become Chief Strategy Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand effective May 1, 2021. In this function, he succeeds Michael Jost, who is leaving the Volkswagen Group to dedicate time to his own projects. Together with leading Group Strategy Product, Michael Jost also holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer of the Volkswagen brand.
Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, said: “Michael Jost is one of the most important pioneers of our e-offensive. With his shrewd analyses and bold visions, he has accelerated the transformation of our company and collaborated greatly to the success of this change. On behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to sincerely thank him for his passionate commitment to our brand and wish him all the best for the future. I am delighted that we have been able to gain Andreas Walingen, a proven expert in product strategy and corporate development with deep expertise in electronics architecture. Together, we will continue to quickly and systematically drive our transformation into a software-driven provider for sustainable mobility.”
Andreas Walingen studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
In 2001 Walingen joined Porsche AG in the project buying department for sports cars and in 2007 became Head of Procurement Electronics. In 2007 he took on the role of the project manager in Corporate Strategy at Porsche AG and subsequently shifted to Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Between 2012 and 2018, he held management positions at Porsche in the departments of Strategy and Organisational Development, Product Management and End-to-End Electronics Architecture E³. In 2019, he transferred to Volkswagen as head of Group Product Strategy, where he was a leading force in driving the transformation of the portfolio to electromobility, the focus on synergy families, and the introduction of the Scalable Systems Platform (SSP).