Volkswagen veteran Oliver Blume, who will succeed Herbert Diess as VW Group on Sept. 1, has worked at the multibrand automaker for his whole career.
Born in Braunschweig, Germany, near VW's Wolfsburg headquarters, Blume, 54, joined Audi's international trainee program in 1994 after studying mechanical engineering at university.
He specialized in production planning and earned promotions to senior production roles at Audi and then Seat.
In 2009, he was appointed head of production planning at VW in Wolfsburg.
Blume joined Porsche's management board in charge of production and logistics in 2013.
Two years later, he was promoted to Porsche CEO, spearheading the brand's effort to list on the stock market as it bolsters funding to shift to electric-driven sports cars.