Steffen Potrafke, head of brand logistics, AudiSteffen Potrafke (pictured) has replaced Dr Michael Hauf as head of brand logistics at Audi. Hauf has retired after six years in the role and 33 years with the carmaker.

Potrafke, who has been with the OEM since 1988, will manage logistics processes for the Audi brand across all of its production locations. This includes programme planning, logistics IT, pre-series, international and transport logistics, as well as logistics supply chain management. He is also now responsible for logistics planning for projects at plants outside Germany.

Potrafke began his career with Audi in logistics planning before becoming team leader within plant logistics at the Neckarsulm facility in Germany. Following three years in charge of logistics planning at Skoda's Czech plant in Mladá Boleslav, he returned to Neckarsulm and was made head of plant logistics.

In 2005, Portrafke took over production of the Audi A4, A5 Cabriolet, A6 and A7 before moving on to responsibility for model series C/D production at Ingolstadt.

Hauf, who joined Audi in 1984, held a number of production and logistics roles there, including head of Audi logistics planning and head of plant planning. He recently spoke to Automotive Logistics about Audi’s implementation of automation, big data and wearables in its logistics processes; and its approach to the use of automation and advanced processes in finished vehicle logistics.