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• “China Newsweek” magazine honors Hahn’s role in the development of the automobile and components industry in China over the past 40 years under its reform and opening-up policy
• Hahn: “I am deeply moved by this award, which I accept on behalf of Volkswagen and the hundreds of thousands of #people who have helped us make our company so successful in China.”
Prof. Dr. Carl H. Hahn, Former Chairman of the Volkswagen Board of Management (1982 – 1992), today received the accolade of “Person of the Year 2018“ in Beijing. The prestigious award presented by “China Newsweek“ magazine honors the pioneering role played by Dr. Hahn in the entry of Volkswagen to the market in the People’s Republic of China.
At the award ceremony, the 92-year-old stood on the stage with three award-winners from China and represented the award-winners of all foreign companies. A total of 40 women and men from national and foreign companies in China received awards. The panel honored their outstanding significance for economic and industrial development over the past 40 years.
“Reform and opening up have brought tremendous benefits for China and its #people, for the global economy and, certainly, for Volkswagen. A continuation of this reform can only bring more prosperity for all,” Dr. Hahn said. “I am proud to have played a part in China’s economic developBeijing 2018: “Person of the Year” for Dr. Carl H. Hahn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG (January 1, 1982 – December 31, 1992) Shanghai 1984: Dr. #carlhahn, at that time Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, at the foundation laying ceremony for Volkswagen-Shanghai PAGE 2 OF 3 ment. It is one of my most enduring memories. I have had the privilege of seeing access to private mobility spread throughout Chinese society,” Hahn emphasized.
“I am deeply moved by the ‘Person of the Year 2018‘ award. I am highly honored to receive this award on behalf of Volkswagen and the hundreds of thousands of employees who have helped us make our company so successful in China,” said Hahn. He remembered ground-breaking discussions with Chinese prime ministers and ministers and thanked his former colleagues, including Hans-Joachim Paul, former Technical Director of Shanghai Volkswagen, Dr. #martinposth († September 17, 2017 in Berlin), former Member of the Volkswagen Board of Management responsible for China and later honorary citizen of Shanghai, Paul-Josef Weber, former Head of Participations, and Prof. Dr. Burkhard Welkener, former Member of the Board of Management of Shanghai-Volkswagen.
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