The longtime CEO of Volkswagen AG, Carl Hahn, died on Saturday at the age of 96.

A spokeswoman for the Hahn Foundation confirmed the death of the former CEO of Volkswagen AG, Carl Hahn. He turned 96 years old. The “world” had previously reported on the death of the former manager. Hahn died at home in Wolfsburg. The manager, who was born in Chemnitz on July 1, 1926, had laid the foundations for the global corporation during his time as VW boss. During his tenure from 1982, the takeovers of Seat and Skoda fell. Hahn also began the company’s expansion into China.

Before his rise to VW boss, Hahn had managed the tire manufacturer Continental from 1973. He had previously made the Beetle big for Volkswagen in the USA. Even at an advanced age, Hahn supported early childhood education with his foundation. According to information from “Welt”, the funeral service will take place on January 24 in Wolfsburg.

Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) tweeted in the evening: “We owe Saxony as much to few people as Carl Hahn.” This “great personality” brought the automotive industry back to East Germany and thus wrote Saxon history. With his death, Germany lost a “business captain” and Chemnitz a “great honorary citizen”.