Thomas Schmall has been CEO of ‘Volkswagen Group Components’, an autonomous corporate unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG, since 1 January 2019.
Thomas Schmall was born in Frankfurt on 9 January 1964. After leaving school, he studied business management and labour and organisational psychology at the University of Giessen.
The business studies graduate joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991. Following posts in industrial engineering in Wolfsburg, Mexico and South Africa, Schmall moved to Volkswagen do Brasil, becoming manager of the Curitiba plant one year later.
Schmall joined Volkswagen Slovakia as Board member for Engineering in 2003, becoming Chairman of Volkswagen Slovakia based at the Bratislava plant two years later.
Thomas Schmall was appointed CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil in 2008. He also held the post of Vice President of the São Paulo German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce between 2009 and 2013 and was then elected President of the Chamber until 2015.
Thomas Schmall was appointed member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for ‘Components’ effective 1 January 2015. In this role he supervised the transformation of the division into a stand-alone business unit. Schmall shaped this transition, above all, with an eye on adequate return on investment to ensure self-financing in all business areas. Under central control, ‘Components’ increased its competitiveness, generated synergies, and optimised staffing and investment planning. His goal: a lasting positive and sustainable contribution to the Volkswagen Group’s bottom line.