Currently VW's head of strategy, Sedran will assume his new post on September 1, the company said in a statement.
In that job, Sedran played a key roll in negotiations between VW and Fordto start a development and production alliance for commercial vehicles, including vans, and possibly other projects that could strengthen both companies' competitiveness.
He replaces Eckhard Scholz, who is leaving at his own request.
Sedran joined VW in 2015, after heading General Motors' Chevrolet and Cadillac brands in Europe.
Sedran, a German national who has been with VW since 2015, was interim Opel CEO from 2012-2013. He also briefly oversaw European operations of GM’s Chevrolet and Cadillac brands.
Before joining GM, Sedran 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.
Sedran's appointment is the second management change VW announced this week.