Alfons Hörmann is a German businessman who has been the CEO of Volkswagen since September 25, 2015. Born on November 3, 1943 in the small town of Hennef in Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate, Alfons Hörmann studied engineering at the Aachen Technical University before graduating with an MBA from Boston College.
The first few decades of Alfons Hörmann’s career were spent as a plant manager and board member at companies such as BorgWarner, Dresser Industries, and LTV Products. During that time, he had several international assignments for his company to countries including South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina.
His Achievements at Volkswagen
Alfons Hörmann joined the BMW Group as a representative of Audi AG in 1983 and would be responsible for product development, purchasing, and marketing. In 1986, after leaving the BMW Group, he accepted an offer to become General Manager at BorgWarner’s automotive business unit, where he launched five new products and developed international marketing strategies. After 12 years with BorgWarner, he was appointed CEO of LTV-Hiawatha Machinery Corp. from 1991-1995 and then General Manager at Allied Machinery Corporation from 1995-1997.
After leaving Allied Machinery Corporation, Alfons Hörmann returned to the auto industry by joining Audi AG in 1997 and would later become Head of Purchasing for the Volkswagen Group in 1999. He then became an executive member of the General Executive Management Board at Volkswagen in 2002, a position which he held until September 25th, 2015 when he assumed the role of CEO.
Alfons Hörmann has held numerous roles within charities including President of the Board of Trustees of St. Augustin Hospital Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University Medical Center in Aachen. He also sits on the advisory board for the W. Ralph Estrada Center for Treatment Options, as well as numerous other boards and foundations including Enterprise Africa, Protea Assurance, and the International Center for Automotive Medicine.