Murat Aksel to become new Chief Procurement Officer of MAN Truck & Bus


The Supervisory Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE has appointed Murat Aksel (50) to the Company's Executive Board. He will assume responsibility for Procurement from January 01, 2023.

"Murat Aksel has many years of international experience in procurement. His key task will be to further stabilize our supply chains, which are currently still strained, in the ongoing ramp-up of our truck production and to make them even more sustainable. On behalf of the entire Executive Board, I would like to welcome Murat Aksel to MAN and look forward to working with him in the future," said Alexander Vlaskamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE. 

As Chief Purchasing Officer of the Volkswagen Group, Murat Aksel has assumed overall responsibility within the Volkswagen Group for the management of materials purchasing and the provision of services since January 2021. In addition, he has been member of the Board of Management responsible for Purchasing at the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand since July 2020. Murat Aksel can look back on 25 years of international experience in supply chain management in the automotive industry. 

After studying at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Murat Aksel began his career in 1998 in purchasing at Opel. From 2001, he assumed responsible functions in supply chain management at General Motors and Fiat. In 2009, he moved to the BMW Group, for which his responsibilities included purchasing and the supplier network throughout the Americas. In 2020, the Turkish-born father of two moved to Volkswagen. 

Murat Aksel succeeds Stefan Gramse (46) at MAN Truck & Bus, who has been operationally in charge of the Procurement department at MAN since December 2021 and most recently as Board member. "During this time, Stefan Gramse has realigned procurement, provided an important impetus for transformation, and additionally led the ‘Covid 19’ crisis team and the ‘Task Force Ukraine’. I very much regret that he will be leaving MAN for private reasons that are very understandable. He will remain with Volkswagen in Wolfsburg in a central function. On behalf of the entire Executive Board and the workforce, I would like to thank him for his exemplary commitment to MAN and his achievements. I wish Stefan Gramse all the best and every success for his future career," said Alexander Vlaskamp. 

Stefan Gramse had joined MAN Truck & Bus from Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in 2020. On the occasion of MAN's transformation from a commercial vehicle manufacturer to a provider of intelligent and sustainable transport solutions, he and his team restructured the company's procurement. He also headed the "COVID Crisis Team" and the "MAN Ukraine Task Force". As part of an orderly transition, Stefan Gramse will initially familiarize his successor Murat Aksel with MAN during a three-month transition period until the beginning of April 2023 and will be available to him in an advisory role. After that, Stefan Gramse will move to a senior central function at Volkswagen.