Peter Thul (45) will become the new Head of Brand and Product Communications for Volkswagen AG effective June 1, 2008. He succeeds Hans-Gerd Bode (47), who is leaving VW. In his new position, Thul will report to Stephan Grühsem, Head of Communications for the Volkswagen Group. The successor to Peter Thul as Head of Audi Product Communications will be Stephan Öri (46). He will report to Toni Melfi, Head of Communications for AUDI AG.

Thul was Head of Audi Product Communications from November 1, 2004 to the end of May 2008. Prior to that he was Head of the Press Department at Mazda Germany. Before his employment at Mazda, he had held several management positions within the automotive industry.

Stephan Öri is currently Head of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at the Dutch company SMARTRAC N.V. From 1995 to the end of 2006, he held various positions in internal and external corporate communications for Daimler AG in Stuttgart. Most recently, he managed technology and environmental communications there. No final decision has been made as to when he will begin his work at Audi.