FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group has shuffled the leadership of its development and quality assurance activities as the automaker's push to capture the leadership in EV sales from Tesla gathers pace.
Frank Welsch, chief development officer at the VW passenger car brand, has been appointed to a new groupwide role as head of quality assurance.
Thomas Ulbrich, VW brand's e-mobility boss, will take over Welsch's role as the brand's chief development officer.
The management shuffle comes after the launch of the VW ID3 compact hatchback, the first of the automaker's new generation of battery-powered cars, was marred by software glitches. VW began ID3 deliveries in September, but without key functions such as App Connect, which meant owners could not use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
VW CEO Herbert Diess said Welsch's appointment strengthened the group's cross-brand quality management by putting an experienced vehicle expert and engineer in charge of quality.
"To ensure a consistent quality level, the quality assurance heads of the brands will in future also report to Welsch in a functional capacity," Diess said in a statement.
Welsch, 56, will report directly to Diess.