Ralf Brandstätter was born in Brunswick on September 8, 1968.
He trained as a shopfitter at the Volkswagen plant in Brunswick. He then studied industrial engineering and joined the Volkswagen Group in 1993.
Following positions in international project steering in the procurement division, he became an assistant to the Board of Management in the General Secretariat of Volkswagen AG. In 1998 he took charge of metal procurement for chassis and powertrain components and was made project manager for new vehicle projects in 2003. In 2005 he moved to Spain as head of procurement.
He became the member of the SEAT Executive Committee responsible for Purchasing in 2008. Brandstätter was named Head of Group Procurement Exterieur in 2010. He was appointed Head of Group Purchasing New Product Launches in 2012 and was made a General Representative of Volkswagen AG in October 2015.
Since December 9, 2015, Ralf Brandstätter has been Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Procurement. Since April 13, 2018, he has also been acting Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Procurement. Since August, 1, 2018, he has also been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.