Porsche is one of the strongest companies worldwide in terms of electric technology implementation across all its divisions, and the success of those policies has a first and last name: Oliver Blume, CEO of the company since 2015, and main driver of the energy transition.
Blume was born in Braunschweig, Germany. After graduating from high school, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology, and graduated from an international training program at Audi in 1994.
At the age of 28, he was a body and paint planner at Audi. Three years later, he took over responsibility for Audi A3 bodywork, and then became Executive Production Assistant. He received his doctorate in Vehicle Technology. For five years, Blume was in production planning at SEAT, another five years at the Volkswagen brand.
His Path at Porsche
In 2013, Blume’s journey at Porsche would begin when he was appointed to the executive board, where he was responsible for production and logistics.
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Since October 1, 2015, he has served as CEO of Porsche, a subsidiary of Volkswagen; the company’s Supervisory Board appointed him to this position on September 30, 2015 to replace Matthias Müller, who became CEO of VW Group.
Since his arrival, Blume increased Porsche’s operating profit by 60%. He also successfully completed the development and commercialization strategy for the Taycan, the first electric vehicle in its modern history. And all while maintaining the company’s internal operations despite the ravages of the coronavirus.
In addition, the company has reduced its pollution impact by 75% in the last five years, and is auditing its development, production and supply chain processes to implement its vision of being a zero-emission manufacturer. For Blume, current battery production is insufficiently green, but Porsche Digital’s mindset will help find another way.
Written by I Jhonattan González