Shanghai Volkswagen Loses Top Managers In Freak Accident
Shanghai Volkswagen, the joint venture between China’s SAIC and Volkswagen, lost its General Manager and three other people in a road accident in Jiuquan, southwestern China’s Gansu province, AFP reports.
SVW’s General Manager Liu Jian lost his life along with the driver of the car, Public Relations Director Zeng Jialin, and an unnamed after-sales manager. All had attended the signing conference of a new SVW factory in Jiangsu,
The people were on their way to a dealer meeting in Jiuquan when their Volkswagen Tiguan collided head-on with a heavy dump truck from a construction site.
Shanghai VW has dispatched an emergency team to Jiuquan for investigation.
Liu Jian, age 46, entered Shanghai VW in 1986 after he graduated from Shanghai Tongji University. He became general manager of the joint venture in October 2007.
Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.
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