November 15, 2019 / 2:20 PM / 3 months ago

UPDATE 2-Volkswagen installs BMW executive as new Audi chief

* Markus Duesmann to take over as Audi CEO in April 2020

* Current Audi CEO to leave company

* Duesmann is yet another high-profile hire from BMW (Adds details)

FRANKFURT, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Volkswagen on Friday said former BMW executive Markus Duesmann, an expert in procurement and engine development, will take over as Volkswagen Group's board member responsible for research and development and as head of Audi.

Duesmann, who will take up the position on April 1, 2020, replaces Audi Chief Executive Bram Schot, who will leave at the end of March 2020.

Duesmann will be tasked with reinvigorating the company's advertising slogan "Vosprung Durch Technik", or "advancement through technology", with new meaning.

"Markus Duesmann will do everything to unlock the huge potential of the Audi brand," Volkswagen Group Chief Executive Herbert Diess said on Friday.

Wolfsburg-based VW has been on the lookout for clean-engine expertise at Audi ever since it was discovered that engine management software, which was used to manipulate exhaust emissions tests at Volkswagen, was designed by Audi engineers.

Duesmann is the second high-profile defection from rival German carmaker BMW after VW poached of Herbert Diess in July 2015.

Audi's works council chief, Peter Mosch, welcomed the appointment of an external manager. "From Markus Duesmann and his team we expect the stable utilisation of our factories and a more courageous approach." (Reporting by Jan Schwartz in Wolfsburg and Joern Poltz in Munich Writing by Edward Taylor Editing by Thomas Escritt and Louise Heavens)

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