Werner Tietz has been appointed SEAT’s new Executive Vice President of Research and Development, effective July 1. The manager, who joined the Volkswagen Group in 1994, has previously held the position of Chief Development Officer at Bentley. At SEAT, he will replace Axel Andorff, who moves to ŠKODA, as head of the MEB platform and mid-segment product line.
Tietz is an engineer at RWTH Aachen University (Germany). Before joining the Volkswagen Group in 1994, he worked on research projects at his University related to the processing of plastic materials. At Audi, he held various positions and was for a long time responsible for the interior development of all Audi models. In 2011 he moved to Porsche, where he was responsible for the development of the body and interior of all models.
He also participated in the development of the Taycan electric model concept and worked on the introduction of novel materials in several of the models. Since 2018 he was a member of the Bentley executive committee, with responsibility for Development, where he was in charge of creating a new development strategy and laying the foundations for the electrification of the brand. .