Porsche names VW executive Blume as production chief
MUNICH -- Porsche named Volkswagen's production planning head, Oliver Blume, as its new executive board member in charge of production and logistics.
Blume succeeds Wolfgang Leimgruber and takes the sports car maker's top production job as the brand expands its lineup with the Macan SUV and 918 Spyder.
Porsche is counting on Blume's wide experience within Volkswagen Group to help ensure a successful launch of the two models.
Oliver Blume's appointment as Porsche production chief comes as the brand prepares to expand its lineup with the Macan SUV and 918 Spyder.
Blume's career shows that he can tackle new challenges at short notice and his experience within VW Group will also be valuable because VW and Porsche have several joint production projects, Porsche spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode said.
Blume, 44, started his career at Audi where he rose to a number of high-level production roles before moving to VW Group's Spanish unit Seat. He moved to VW headquarters in 2009 as head of global production planning.
Leimgruber, 63, is retiring after 35 years with Porsche but will keep an advisory role for VW Group.