Thomas Schmall was appointed member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for ‘Components' effective January 1, 2015.
Thomas Schmall was born in Frankfurt on January 9, 1964. After graduating from school he studied business management and work and organizational 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 in 1999, 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 President and CEO of Volkswagen do Brasil in 2007. In 2009, Schmall was elected Vice President of the São Paulo Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce, and has since held responsibility for its Communication Committee. He was elected President of the Chamber in March 2013. He continued to hold this function in addition to his responsibilities as Brand Board of Management member for ‘Components' until the end of March 2015.