Following the recent announcement that Chris Craft will become Managing Director of Porsche Cars Great Britain Ltd. on 1 April, it has been confirmed that Robert Hazelwood will move from his current role as Director of ŠKODA UK to replace Chris as Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. He will take over his new responsibilities on 1 May 2012.
Robert joined the Volkswagen Group in November 2005 as Head of Group Synergies, before assuming the role of Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK in May 2006. After two years with Commercial Vehicles, he moved to his current position at ŠKODA.
Robert has extensive knowledge of the automotive industry. Before joining the Volkswagen Group, he worked for eight years at the Inchcape Group where he held a number of roles including that of Managing Director of Inchcape Retail, Mazda France and Maranello Concessionaires.
Commenting on the new appointment, Simon Thomas, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group UK Limited said: ‘Robert has made a tremendous contribution to the business of the Volkswagen Group in the UK since he joined the company as Head of Group Synergies in Group Services just over six years ago. He has been an extremely effective Director in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and then at ŠKODA. I’m sure he will relish the challenge of taking the helm at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.’