Capito is an engineering graduate and first worked for the Volkswagen Group in the Porsche racing department from 1989. After managing the Sauber Formula 1 racing team from 1996, Capito joined Ford in 2001. With Ford, he was responsible for motorsport activities and performance vehicles. In 2012 Capito was appointed Director of Motorsport of the Volkswagen brand and led the Volkswagen team to first place in the FIA World Rally Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, before becoming CEO of McLaren Racing in 2016.
Jost Capito to manage Volkswagen R GmbH and Volkswagen Zubehör GmbH in the future
- Successor to Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, who manages Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH
With effect from June 1, 2017, Jost Capito (58) is to be Managing Director of Volkswagen R GmbH and Volkswagen Zubehör GmbH. Volkswagen R GmbH is the competence center for design- and performance-oriented products of the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen Zubehör GmbH develops and markets vehicle accessories throughout the world. Jost Capito succeeds Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter (58), who had been managing director since 2009. Mr. Riestenpatt gt. Richter had already become the Plant Manager at Osnabrück as Speaker of the Management Board and Managing Director, Technical, of Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH in October 2016 in parallel to his other responsibilities.