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The CEO of Audi, Markus Duesmann, has taken charge of software at the Volkswagen Group.

With its own operating system for all Volkswagen Group models, an automotive data cloud and a new electronics architecture, the cross-brand Car.Software organization is to be managed at Audi’s high-tech hub in the German city of Ingolstadt.

The new CEO of the Car.Software-Organisation is to be Dirk Hilgenberg, most recently Senior Vice President Manufacturing Engineering at the BMW Group Vehicle operating system.

He replaces Christian Senger, until now Volkswagen Brand Board of Management Member for Digital Car & Services.

Markus Duesmann says: “We are now starting the biggest revolution in the automotive industry. In a few years, a car’s operating system and its connectivity with a highly secure data cloud will make all the difference. This is why the strong positioning of the Car.Software organization as a cross-brand unit for software development at the Volkswagen Group is a key step into the future.”

He adds: “The close cooperation with all brands and teams will be decisive for the success of the Car.Software organization. With my team at Audi, we are assuming a special responsibility as a premium brand. Because for many of our customers, premium is already defined today primarily through digital technologies that are perfectly tailored to their users. Our aim is for all brands in the Volkswagen Group to benefit from this pioneering role.”

VW says up to 5,000 IT experts are to start work in the new Car.Software organization this year.

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