Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has announced the appointment of Kurt Leitner as its new managing director, who will work alongside the company’s other managing director, Erik Winter. In addition to his role here, Leitner will also serve as managing director of Volkswagen Group Singapore.

Leitner replaces Florian Steiner, who has moved on to take up a new role in Europe after four years as VPCM’s managing director. He (Leitner) will focus on human resources, information technology and finance, while Winter will continue to lead VPCM’s sales, aftersales, dealer network and marketing operations.

Leitner brings with him many years of experience, having been with Porsche Holding Salzburg – the managing company of VPCM – since 1988. Among the various management positions held by Leitner within the Porsche Holding Salzburg network include managing director at Porsche Romania for four years, general manager at Porsche Chile and PGA Ellada, as well as CEO of Porsche Finance Group Romania.

“I am very excited to be in this part of the region, living both in Malaysia and Singapore and working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This will be a new journey and learning experience for me and I hope to make the most of it during my time here” said Leitner.

“Leitner is a great addition to the management team as he has an abundance of automotive retail and finance experience. Malaysia’s automotive scene is fast paced, and I believe that he will fit right in,” added Winter.