The fallout from the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal continues.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg has stepped down as member of the board of management for technical development at Audi after serving 30 years with the company. Hackenberg began his career at the Institute for Motor Transport in 1978 after graduating in mechanical engineering at Aachen RWTH University. He joined Audi in 1985 and by 1989, he was serving as head of concept development for the German automaker. He led the technical project management for numerous Audi models including the 80, A2, A3, A4, A6, A8 and TT.
From 1998 to 2002, Hackenberg was also active in the Volkswagen Group acting as head of the body development department and was also responsible as of late 1998 for concept development.
He became a member of Volkswagen’s Brand board of management with responsibility for the technical development division on February 1, 2007, and he helped develop the German automaker’s modular transverse toolkit. He also contributed to the development of the XL1 and the brand’s entry into motorsport.
From July 1, 2013 until today, he served as the board of management member for technical development of Audi and was responsible for coordinating the development of all the brands of the Volkswagen Group.
“In the 30 years that he was active in the Volkswagen Group, Ulrich Hackenberg was involved in crucial strategies and model decisions,” said Audi’s board of management chairman, Rupert Stadler. “The highly flexible modular system resulted in flexible modular production. Both systems helped us to produce very efficiently and with high quality. Numerous car models from Audi, Volkswagen and Bentley were significantly affected by his commitment and expertise. On behalf of the entire Board of Management, I thank him for his many years of commitment and his professional passion.”
There has been no official word on why Hackenberg is stepping down, but Volkswagen has been losing a lot of executives as a result of its diesel emissions scandal.