FRANKFURT -- Stefan Sommer, who steered ZF's 2015 acquisition of TRW, is joining Volkswagen as procurement chief effective Jan. 1, 2019, the German automaker said late Monday.
The Volkswagen supervisory board approved the appointment at a meeting on Monday, confirming an earlier report in daily Handelsblatt.
Sommer, 55, will succeed Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, whose departure was announced in April.
In the wake of Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal, the carmaker has overhauled its management board.
Including Sommer, seven new executives will have been named to the management board since the scandal erupted, while only two of the top managers were already part of the executive board before September 2015.
During his tenure as ZF's CEO, Sommer, 55, had amassed a portfolio of autonomous technologies since the supplier acquired TRW for $12.4 billion. Those products, along with ZF's expertise in transmissions and drivetrains, were intended to give the supplier the resources to compete with rivals such as Bosch, Continental and Autoliv.
However, Sommer ran into trouble after unsuccessful bids to buy Swedish brake maker Haldex and commercial-truck autonomous technology maker Wabco Holdings Inc., the latter of which was blocked by the chairman of ZF’s parent company, who was worried about the company’s growing debt.
Sommer resigned in December eight days after the supplier’s supervisory board chairman, Giorgio Behr, left the company.