Proton could see the appointment of former Skoda chairman and CEO Winfried Vahland as its board member, according to a report by Utusan Malaysia. The move is part of a larger restructuring of the national carmaker as it enters the ownership of Geely.

The German executive is a veteran of the industry, having spent 25 years at the Volkswagen Group. Before becoming the boss of Skoda in 2010, he was the CEO of Volkswagen in China, as well as its global vice president. He was appointed head of Wolfsburg’s North American operations in 2015, but resigned less than two weeks after the announcement, following disagreements over the company’s new strategy.

An industry source told the publication that DRB-Hicom’s choosing of Vahland as a board member “shows the seriousness of the management to get real automotive talent into Proton.” The company is also expected to announce that Li Chunrong will become Proton’s new CEO after the departure of Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali – the former Dongfeng executive is already said to be in Shah Alam meeting Proton officials.

“The announcement will detail Proton’s new management structure, and most importantly, the new chief financial officer will also be among the officials picked by Zhejiang Geely,” said the source. “Chunrong has just arrived from China, and is set to officially begin his new job on Monday.”

The transaction of Geely’s 49.9% stake in Proton is expected to be completed “very soon,” and both the Chinese carmaker and DRB-Hicom is in the midst of finalising a detailed business plan that will provide Proton with a solid roadmap for years to come. The plan will include strategies for both companies to develop new vehicles together for the global market.