Correct Answer : Option (A) - Gernot Dollner
Audi’s CEO, Markus Duesmann, has been ousted from his position, and will be replaced by the Volkswagen Group’s head of product and strategy, "Gernot Döllner", effective September 1, 2023.
The move is the latest major change made by VW’s new CEO, Oliver Blume.
Duesmann “has brought great foresight and vision to planning and driving forward key strategic decisions, including, first and foremost, the electrification strategy,” said Manfred Döss, Chairman of Audi’s Supervisory Board. “At this point in time, Gernot Döllner is the right person to further strengthen the company’s product strategy and its position in key markets.”
Duesmann took over as CEO at Audi in 2019, and saw the company through the difficult COVID pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, Reuters reports that top executives at the automaker were frustrated with Audi’s inability to keep up with its German counterparts, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in the transition to electrification. Additionally, Audi’s sales performance in China has not met expectations, further adding to their concerns.
His replacement joined Volkswagen in 1993 as a Ph.D. candidate. Since then, Döllner has risen through the ranks, serving a number of roles at Porsche, where VW’s new CEO still serves as chief executive. In Stuttgart, Döllner led the Panamera department, and since 2021 has overseen product and strategy for the entire Volkswagen Group..
Source : Carscoops