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The backbone of Audi Brussels

It is probably the most exciting time the automotive industry has ever witnessed. Digitalization, sustainability and urbanization are the megatrends driving changes in customer needs, value chains and business models. Audi is up for this challenge.

The process of change is already clearly evident at our Brussels plant. Starting 2018 we will be responsible for manufacturing Audi’s first ever fully electric series model. This ambitious path requires expertise but also a collaborative culture based on values such as integrity, appreciation and the courage to change. Our team of directors at Audi Brussels draws on its longstanding experience and know-how to form the basis for such a responsible corporate management. That is what enables us to offer our employees the best possible conditions to live out their creativity and drive innovations.

Patrick Danau
General Director for Production, Technology and Logistics and Spokesperson of the Management since 1 May 2014

Danau studied electro-mechanical engineering at the Hoger Technical Institute Sint-Antonius in Ghent. He began his career in the assembly department of the Brussels plant in 1978. From 1982 until 1984, he was responsible for the final production at the Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage in South Africa. After that, Danau held senior positions in planning and assembly at the Brussels plant until 2006. Subsequently, he was Head of Production at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany; later he was responsible for the technical management of Auto 5000 in Wolfsburg, Germany, and then transferred to the VW plant in Pamplona, Spain, at first as Director for Production and then Managing Director as of 2011. Now he is Managing Director of Audi Brussels, where the bran`s first fully electric car is being produced.
Christoph Herzig
General Director for Finance since 1 April 2017

Christoph Herzig graduated from his studies in industrial engineering in 1998. In addition to German (his mother tongue), Herzig also speaks fluent English and Dutch and French on an intermediate level.

He started his Audi career, which now spans almost 20 years, when he graduated in 1998. He started out as a trainee and then moved to the production controlling team. He held various roles within controlling before taking on a senior position in 2004. He took on a management role in 2006, heading up controlling for the production co-ordination and logistics departments. Two years later, in 2008, Christoph Herzig relocated to China to manage the factory and investment controlling departments. On his return to Germany in 2011, he became part of the senior management team (OMK), heading up production controlling in Neckarsulm. At Audi Brussels, he oversees the finance and accounting departments as well as purchasing and controlling and IT and legal.
Erik Prieels
Director General for Human Resources since 01/01/2018

Erik Prieels took over as Director General for Human Resources and Organization on January 1, 2018. He previously held the role of Head of Human Resources at Audi Brussels but began his career in operational logistics, then worked at the Center of Preseries of the former Volkswagen factory in Brussels before moving back to the logistics department. In 2007, he became Head of Logistics at Audi Brussels and in 2012 took over as Head of Operational Human Resources. As an experienced HR manager, Erik Prieels will bring extra heft to the senior management of Audi Brussels.