Gernot Döllner has been named as the new CEO of AUDI AG and will take over from Markus Duesmann as Chairman of the Board of Management, effective September 1, 2023. In taking the new role, Döllner will be leaving his current position as chief of strategy at Volkswagen.

The placement of Döllner as CEO comes as Audi seek to catch up with rival automakers in the electric vehicle race, including in China, the world’s top car market.

Chairman of Audi’s Supervisory Board, Manfred Döss, said:

“I would like to thank Markus Duesmann for all the important work he has done during his tenure at Audi.”


“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. Together with the entire Board of Management, he will add the next chapter to Audi’s successful strategy implementation.”

Incoming Audi CEO, Gernot Döllner, said:

“I am honoured and excited to be taking on this new role. Audi is a fantastic company with a rich history. I look forward to shaping the company’s future together with the entire team at Audi.”

Gernot Döllner holds a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined Volkswagen previously as a Ph.D. candidate in 1993 and subsequently served in a number of management roles at Porsche AG, including as head of Concept Development and head of the Panamera Series. Since 2021, he has overseen the Volkswagen Group’s Product and Group Strategy and the General Secretariat.

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