SMITH HOLDS A key role in Volkswagen Financial Services UK, which finances vehicles sold at Volkswagen Group dealerships. She took to the job last year, moving from the position of joint managing director at Volkswagen Financial Services in the Netherlands. She joined Volkswagen Financial Services in 2001, moving from BMW, and has worked in the motor finance sector since the late 1980s.
ENGLISH OVERSEES THE large fleet commercial vehicle orders that account for around half of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ annual sales.
She started at the Volkswagen Group in 2003 as a graduate trainee, gaining a full-time position first at ŠKODA and then Volkswagen Passenger Cars, rising to the position of national contract hire and leasing manager.
COX WAS PROMOTED to her current senior position in May and oversees product, events and communications for the brand, including launching the new Volkswagen ID. range of electric cars. Prior to that Cox was head of marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which she moved to from Audi in 2016. Her career in motoring started in 1999 when, aged 21, she joined a BMW graduate scheme, before switching to Audi in 2004.
WEATHERUP JOINED VOLKSWAGEN Group UK’s board in 2016 as human resources director after starting at the company in 2007 as an HR business partner, and she has overseen the people strategy for Volkswagen Group’s five combined brands in the UK. Before moving to VW, Weatherup worked at UK intellectual property firm Barker Brettell and insurance firm AXA.
THOMPSON HAS RECENTLY BEEN APPOINTED to the new role of Head of Marketing, Press and PR for the increasingly important Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, covering vans, pick-up trucks and campervans. Sitting on the brands management team, she is responsible for all the brand's product marketing activities including planning and launching new models, all communications, digital strategy, ecommerce and events. She joined Volkswagen in 1999 after previously working in fleet magazines. She moved to the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles team in 2015.
ROTHE HAS BEEN leading the London governmental affairs office, part of Volkswagen AG’s global external and government relations department, since 2013. Prior to that she held roles in Bentley’s PR department, including PR manager for Europe West and corporate and government affairs manager. Rothe joined Volkswagen AG in 2005 at the group’s EU representation office in Brussels, managing a range of policy topics.
STAGG WAS PROMOTED to her current role in 2016 after two years working as head of marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. She has seven direct reports with overall responsibility for a team of 25 and an agency team of around 130. Stagg joined the Volkswagen Group as a graduate trainee in 1998 and has also worked for Audi and the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand, where she rose to the position of national communications manager.
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The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manu- facturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European coun- tries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. The passenger car portfolio ranges from small cars all the way to luxury-class vehicles. Ducati offers motorcycles. In the light and heavy commercial vehicles sector, the products range from pick-ups to buses and heavy trucks. Every weekday, 671.205 employees around the globe produce on average 44,567 vehicles, are involved in vehicle-related services or work in other areas of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.
In 2019, the total number of vehicles delivered to customers by the Group globally was 10.97 million (2018:10.83 million). The passenger car global market share was 12.9 percent. Group sales revenue in 2019 totaled EUR 252.6 billion (2018: EUR 235.8 billion). Earnings after tax in the fiscal year now ended amounted to EUR 14.0 billion (2018: EUR 12.2 billion).