André, who received his Master in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) back in 1987 at TU Dresden and TU Mainz, Germany, started his career being a legal expert for car accidents. Moving on to leading roles in versatile product management and IT departments in global acting companies, such as Delphi Europe, Siemens VDO, and Continental Automotive, André started as head of Volkswagen Group IT Product Creation Process in 2012. His tasks and competences include IT Design and Simulation, IT Product Development, IT Product Management and Documentation. Currently André is driving the digitalization of product development process at Volkswagen. He has initiated several labs, including Smart.Production:Lab and Virtual.Engineering:Lab to speed up the exchange between classical engineering and software development departments.