VOLKSWAGEN Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has appointed Kurt Leitner (pix) as its managing director, with immediate effect.
Leitner, who joins the company’s other managing director Erik Winter (bottom pix, left), replaces Florian Steiner who has moved on to Europe to take up another challenge after almost four years in Malaysia.
He will have a dual-role as managing director in Malaysia and Singapore.
Having been with the Porsche Holding Salzburg group since 1988, Leitner has held various management positions within the network, including managing director at Porsche Romania for four years, general manager at Porsche Chile and PGA Ellada, as well as CEO of Porsche Finance Group Romania.
“I am very excited to be in this part of the region, living both in Malaysia and Singapore and working with people from different cultures and backgrounds,” he said.
“This will be a new journey and learning experience for me and I hope to make the most of it during my time here.”
Leitner will focus on human resources, information technology and finance while Winter will continue to helm VPCM’s sales, aftersales, dealer network and marketing operations.
“Mr Leitner is a great addition to the management team as he has an abundance of automotive retail and finance experience. Malaysia’s automotive scene is fast paced, and I believe that he will fit right in,” said Winter.
With a strong upcoming product line-up and aggressive aftersales enhancements under the “Volkswagen Cares” brand promise, both VPCM's managing directors are confident that the Volkswagen brand in Malaysia will continue to grow, amidst the highly competitive automotive landscape in Malaysia.