Dr. Oliver Grünberg Appointed Technical Director of Volkswagen Group Rus
Kaluga/Moscow, March 30, 2017 – Dr. Oliver Grünberg (46) has been appointed Technical Director of Volkswagen Group Rus and Deputy General Director, effective April 1, 2017. He will be succeeding Andreas Klar, now responsible for Quality Control of the Volkswagen Brand in Wolfsburg. Dr. Grünberg will be responsible for Volkswagen Group Rus automotive and engine production in Kaluga and for the production site in Nizhniy Novgorod.
General Director of Volkswagen Group Rus Marcus Osegowitsch said, «We are glad that Dr. Oliver Grünberg will join our team as Technical Director. Dr. Grünberg has experience in Russia, and his knowledge and management skills will contribute to the development of our plants and further strengthen the company’s positions on the market.»
Director of the plant
Dr. Oliver Grünberg received a degree in physics and doctorate in engineering at Technical University Braunschweig. Dr. Grünberg joined Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg in 1995 while working on his doctoral thesis and held several positions in Component Production at Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg) from 2000 to 2007. After that he took responsibility during the project- and the ramp-up phase at the Volkswagen Group Rus plant in Kaluga from 2007 to 2009 as Head of Manufacturing. From 2012 to 2014 Dr. Grünberg led the project of Volkswagen Group Rus’ production site in Nizhny Novgorod, and was appointed Head of Production Planning at ŠKODA AUTO a.s. (Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic) in 2014.
About Volkswagen Group Rus
Starting from November 2007, Volkswagen Group Rus has been manufacturing automobiles in Kaluga, 170 km southwest of Moscow. Today, the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Volkswagen Polo and the ŠKODA Rapid are produced at the Kaluga plant. On June 14, 2011, Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ Group signed an agreement for the contract assembly of Volkswagen and ŠKODA automobiles at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. In accordance with that agreement, a full cycle production of ŠKODA Yeti, Volkswagen Jetta and ŠKODA Octavia has already begun at GAZ. In 2015 the new engine plant was launched in Kaluga. The capacity of the new modern engine plant in Kaluga is 150,000 engines per year.