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- De Meo replaces Jürgen Stackmann who will join Volkswagen brand, as Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales of Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand
- Both are scheduled to take up their position as 1st November 2015
Martorell, Spain – Luca de Meo (Milan, 1967), currently Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG has been appointed as new Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT, S.A. He will be replacing Jürgen Stackmann (1961), appointed to the position of Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales of Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, reporting to Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Volkswagen brand. Both are scheduled to take up their position as 1st November 2015.
Luca de Meo graduated in Business Administration at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano and has more than 20 years experience in the automotive sector. He started his career in Renault, before moving to Toyota Europe and then joined Fiat Group, where he headed the brands Lancia, Fiat and Alfa Romeo. He entered the Volkswagen Group in 2009 as head of Marketing for both Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand and Volkswagen Group, before taking the position of Board member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG in 2012. He is also a member of the Supervisory boards of Ducati and Lamborghini and Chairman of the board of Volkswagen Group Italia.
Jürgen Stackmann has headed SEAT since May 2013. He has successfully led the repositioning of the SEAT brand on the European market and brought back SEAT on the path to success. Dr. Francisco Javier García Sanz, Chairman of SEAT Supervisory Board and Member of the Executive Committee of Volkswagen Group: “I want to express my pride in the work done in the last 2.5 years by Jürgen Stackmann at the head of SEAT brand. The company has achieved an outstanding sales growth of 22% in the last 2 years in difficult market conditions and the trend stays positive with a 7% growth since the beginning of 2015. The best-selling model is the SEAT Leon, contributing to a major improvement of SEAT operating result. SEAT is clearly on the road to sustainable success.”
On top of strong sales achievements, Jürgen Stackmann and the SEAT leadership team have developed a clear road map for the brand for the next years. Dr. García Sanz:“This new appointment doesn’t change the agreed strategy or the direction of the SEAT brand. We believe that the plan in place will achieve a sustainable growth for SEAT in the future. The trust of the Volkswagen Group is confirmed by the recent announcement of a 3.3 billion euros expenditures plan in R&D and installations.”
Luca de Meo has been personally selected by Dr. García Sanz to follow Jürgen Stackmann as SEAT leader. “I am fully confident that Luca de Meo will successfully implement and continue to evolve the projects already initiated to achieve the turnaround of the brand in the near future”, says Dr. García Sanz.
SEAT is the only company with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in 75 countries. In 2014 SEAT’s invoicing totalled almost 7.5 billion euros, the highest figure in its history, with worldwide sales of 390,500 units.
SEAT Group employs more than 14,000 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Portugal, the Mii in Slovakia and the Toledo in the Czech Republic.
The multinational has a Technical Centre, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015. This ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together close to 1,000 engineers, aims to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions and energy efficiency.