Roland Oetker stepped down from his position on Volkswagen AG’s Supervisory Board as of the end of the 50th Annual General Meeting on April 22, 2010. The Annual General Meeting therefore elected Dr. Hussain Ali Al-Abdulla as his successor for a full term of office.
Jörg Bode, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport for the Federal State of Lower Saxony, was also elected to the Supervisory Board for a full term of office. Mr. Bode had already been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board by the court on November 4, 2009 as the successor to Dr. Philipp Rösler.
On May 15, 2010, Thomas Zwiebler, the Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Works Council, was appointed by the court to the Supervisory Board as the successor to Heinrich Söfjer. Mr. Söfjer had resigned from the Supervisory Board as of the same date.
On May 25, 2010 the court appointed Berthold Huber, First Chairman of IG Metall, to the Supervisory Board as the successor to Jürgen Peters. Mr. Peters had resigned from the Supervisory Board as of May 1, 2010.
David McAllister, Minister-President of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, was appointed by the court as a member of the Supervisory Board on July 1, 2010. He succeeded Christian Wulff, who was elected Federal President on June 30, 2010 and therefore left the Supervisory Board.
Since December 13, 2010, the Supervisory Board membership of Jörg Bode and David McAllister is based on the exercise of rights to appoint shareholder representatives for the State of Lower Saxony.
Effective October 1, 2010, Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, who was previously responsible for Production, took over the newly created Commercial Vehicles Board of Management function. Dr. Michael Macht, who was previously CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, was appointed to the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with effect from the same date and was given responsibility for the Production function.
Following a discussion in the Supervisory Board meeting on November 19, 2010, we resolved on January 2, 2011 to prolong the term of office of Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, which would have expired at the end of 2011, until December 31, 2016.
Karl Gustav Ratjen, a former Supervisory Board member, died on September 12, 2010 aged 91. Dr. Günther Saßmannshausen, a member of the Supervisory Board from 1987 to 2001, died on November 21, 2010 aged 80. Both gentlemen made a decisive contribution to Volkswagen’s successful development during their terms of office, displaying considerable initiative and exemplary commitment to the Company. We will honor their memory.