Rupert Stadler was born in 1963. After graduating in business administration, he started his career at Phillips Communications Industrie AG in Nuremburg. Stadler joined AUDI AG in Ingolstadt in 1990, where he assumed various controlling tasks in sales and marketing. In 1994, Stadler assumed the role of commercial director for Volkswagen/Audi España SA, Barcelona. From 1997 onward, he served as the head of the board of management’s office for the Volkswagen Group, and addition- ally as the head of group product planning in 2002. In 2003, Stadler became a member of the AUDI AG board of management. In 2007, he was appointed chairman of the board of management of AUDI AG and in this capacity joined the board of management of Volkswagen AG.