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Former Mercedes R&D chief leaves Apple after just a year to join Volkswagen

carplay-appleAfter just over a year at Apple, former Mercedes R&D chief Johann Jungwirth left the company earlier this month to join Volkswagen AG as the new ‘Head of Digital Transformation’. Even though his official title at Apple was “Director of Mac Systems Engineering”, the executive was rumored to be working on the company’s electric car codenamed “Project Titan” due to his extensive automotive background and the timing of the hire, which was followed by several other engineering hires with experience in the auto industry. Jungwirth is joining Volkswagen amid the “DieselGate” scandal which is pushing the company to try to reinvent itself.

From his LinkedIn profile:

If Jungwirth was indeed working on “Project Titan”, his leaving isn’t likely to make the team short-staffed considering recent reports asserting that Apple tripled the size of the development team by adding 1,200 employees to the program.

When working at Mercedes, Jungwirth was leading the company’s “connected car” effort. Apple recently hired another engineer with a similar experience in fleet management of connected cars and digital license plates.

Mark Gurman contributed to this report.

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  1. rnc - 7 years ago

    Good luck.

  2. mikhailt - 7 years ago

    I wonder why someone would want to join a toxic brand right now with all the negative press and potential legal issues that VW is getting. If the so called “transformation” fails, his name would be on it.

  3. thecodee - 7 years ago

    I might be missing something but based on your screenshot he hasn’t left Apple.

  4. Leif Paul Ashley - 7 years ago

    To be fair, VW needs all the help it can get :)

    • Yup.. and you don’t make the decision to flock from the most successful company in the world to the most struggling (image-wise, not financially) one because it’s a safe path… Tim Cook himself left Compaq to go to Apple when CPQ was at it’s highest…


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