MUNICH -- Volkswagen Group named former Opel CEO Thomas Sedran as head of strategy.
Sedran is a highly experienced restructuring strategist who devised the "Drive Opel 2022" turnaround plan currently being implemented at General Motors' money losing European operations. He also had a stint as head of Chevrolet and Cadillac in Europe.
Sedran, 51, will take up his new post on Nov. 1 and will report to VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller, VW said in a statement on Monday.
VW is grappling with a raft of suspensions amid its diesel-emissions scandal, including the top engineers at premium brands Audi and Porsche.
Sedran is the second prominent recruit to join VW in the past two weeks. The company recruited Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, the legal-affairs and compliance chief at Daimler, to take an identical job at VW in an unusual deal that involved negotiations between the chairmen of the rival automakers.
VW is overhauling its a highly centralized management structure to give brand and regional managers more decision making power as the company readies a recall of as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Departures from VW have included Mueller’s immediate predecessor as CEO, Martin Winterkorn; sales chief Christian Klingler; and Winfried Vahland, the head of the Skoda brand who decided against taking a new post overseeing Volkswagen’s North American business.
Sedran, a German national, was interim Opel CEO from 2012-2013 after the abrupt departure of Karl-Friedrich Stracke. He oversaw European operations of GM’s Chevrolet and Cadillac brands starting in mid-2013.
Previously he held top positions at management consultants Roland Berger and AlixPartners. While at AlixPartners, he worked closely with Opel during GM's 2009 bid to sell the automaker. GM reversed its plans in November of that year.
Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report