Wolf is an experienced production expert, having spent over 40 years with the BMW Group in senior roles across the automotive manufacturing spectrum. He has led teams in all aspects of production and he brings with him an intimate knowledge of the manufacturing process. In his current role, which he has held since 2013, Wolf is responsible for integrating all new products into the largest BMW Group manufacturing plant in Europe at Dingolfing.
In addition to his broad production experience, Wolf is a specialist in small volume manufacturing, including the development of prototype parts, bespoke production and the handcraftsmanship of individual components. He led the parts development teams for the BMW Formula 1 team, BMW Motorsport for M vehicles and the BMW Individual (personalisation) Programme. He also specialises in modern technologies and materials, including the integration of carbon fibre into the production process.
Wolf's experience of handcraftsmanship began with his apprenticeship with BMW AG, starting in 1977. An award-winning Master Craftsman in Foundry Pattern Making for Sand Casting, he initially managed several BMW foundries.
Wolf will be based at the company's Head Office and Manufacturing Plant at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, "I am delighted to announce that Johann Wolf has been appointed as Director of Manufacturing. His exceptional production and specialist small volume experience, with over 40 years at a senior level in the BMW Group, will be invaluable and he is warmly welcomed to the Rolls-Royce family."
Wolf replaces Frank Ludwig, who will take up the position of Director of Painted Body at BMW Group Plant Regensburg from 1 December 2018.
Murguet will be replaced in his position as SVP, Chairman of the Americas Region by Luiz Pedrucci, currently CEO Renault do Brasil.
The newly created Sales & Regions division will consist of 5 regions in which the Group operates: Europe, Eurasia, Americas, Africa-Middle East India, Asia-Pacific.
The key activities of this division related to the Group's commercial performance are worldwide sales of electric vehicles, commercial vehicles, used vehicles, corporate fleets and new mobility services, Sales forecasting and programming, products and after-sales services, distribution network and performance management.
"To increase the efficiency of our commercial operations and make them more profitable, Groupe Renault is setting up this new Sales & Regions Division. I have every confidence in Olivier Murguet. His knowledge of Groupe Renault and his international experience will be essential to fuel our global growth and thus contribute to achieve the objectives of the Drive the future plan by 2022." said Thierry Bolloré, Chief Operating Officer Groupe Renault. This organisation will be effective from November 1, 2018.
Olivier Murguet joined Renault in 1990, working for the Renault Portuguesa Control Division, and subsequently held different management positions at the Sales & Marketing Division in France.
In 1996 he was appointed Sales Director for Brazil, and in 2001 Sales Director for France, the leading market of the Group. Later he was Managing Director in Poland, Spain and Mexico successively. In 2012, he was appointed Renault´s CEO for Brazil.
Since April 1st 2015, Olivier Murguet has been the Chairman for the Americas region and a member of the Renault Committee Management.
As part of those actions, Ford China is elevated to a stand-alone business unit reporting to Ford global headquarters. Ford also announced that Anning Chen, an experienced auto executive with a strong track record in China, will be rejoining Ford to become President and CEO, Ford China, a newly created position focused on driving sustainable value creation.
Peter Fleet, President Ford Asia Pacific, will facilitate the transition of Chen into his new position as leader of the Ford operations in China. Fleet will also oversee the establishment of a new International Markets business unit, which will initially be comprised of Ford's existing Asia Pacific businesses outside of China and other markets globally which will be subject of a future announcement.
"Success in China is critical as we reposition our global business for long-term success," said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett. "With today's actions, we are strengthening our commitment to the China market and reorganising our international markets to strengthen their performance."
The moves are designed to accelerate Ford's return to profitable growth in China, the world's largest vehicle market and a key pillar of Ford's global strategy. Creating a Ford China business unit will allow for greater focus on the market, faster decision making and increased Chinese leadership within the company.
"China is absolutely essential to Ford's profitability and growth," said James Farley, executive vice president and president of Global Markets, "As the largest vehicle market in the world, China commands its own leadership and focus. As we transition China to a stand-alone business unit, led by an experienced and talented Chinese business leader, we are able to become more fit as a business, increase our decision-making speed and be closer to our customers."
Chen, a seasoned and highly qualified 25-year auto industry veteran, returns to Ford as President and CEO of Ford China, effective November 1. Chen brings to Ford expertise in leading transformation; establishing alliances and joint ventures; and developing competitive products for China. He will lead the company's operations in Greater China, including all import and joint venture operations. Prior to this position, Chen served as CEO, Chery Automobile, Ltd. and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chery Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive, China.
At the same time, in creating an International Markets business unit, Ford will capitalise on emerging markets opportunities, reduce bureaucracy, have the right cost structure and improve operational fitness.
The new leadership and structure for Ford China comes as the company is moving quickly to improve its performance in the market and put in place the building blocks to win the fast changing future.
"As we continue to reposition our China business for future growth with new products, partnerships and people, it has become increasingly clear that the brightest future for Ford would be unlocked by making Ford China a dedicated business unit reporting directly to Ford global headquarters," said Fleet.
Ford is entering a busy period of product renewal in China, including the current high-volume launches of the Ford Territory, Ford Focus and Ford Escort. It's part of Ford China's commitment to launch 50 new vehicles by 2025.
In addition, Ford has announced:
Farley added: "To perform at the highest level in an ever-changing world and win, we must be fit, agile, nimble and flexible. With Peter architecting a new international organisation and Anning's broad industry experience and strong relationships in China, we have the right leaders to elevate our business and bring us closer to our employees, partners, dealers and customers."
Robin (pictured at left with Mike Horton) will replace Mike Horton, current President, Asia Pacific region, and Vice President, protective and marine coatings (PMC), who has announced his intention to retire, effective January 1.
Robin joined PPG in 1987 and has moved through positions of increasing responsibility in the automotive OEM business. He relocated to Shanghai in 2010 as Vice President, automotive OEM coatings, Asia Pacific, and was instrumental in growing and strengthening the business in the region.
More recently, Robin expanded his responsibilities to oversee global supply management; environment, health and safety; and corporate and government affairs for the Asia Pacific region, and was also appointed General Manager, China, earlier this year.
Horton joined PPG in 1998 through the Orica acquisition. During his 20-year career with PPG, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility. After holding several positions in operations and general management in Australia and New Zealand, he relocated to Shanghai in 2005 as General Manager, refinish, Asia Pacific, and was appointed President, Asia Pacific, in 2011, and vice president, PMC, Asia Pacific, in 2014.
During the past seven years as president, Asia Pacific region, Horton has been instrumental in driving initiatives to strengthen collaboration across strategic business units and functions and reducing complexity