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Former Audi apprentice hits record Porsche sales figures

Published 13/12/2012 | 05:00

FAIR dues to Porsche which said yesterday that it has already broken last year's record sales number with one month left in 2012.

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The company has delivered 128,978 vehicles through November, more than the total of 118,868 it sold in all of 2011, as the luxury car market continues to thrive.

Much of the credit for this recession-defying achievement belongs to Matthias Mueller (right), a 59-year-old born in the former East Germany in Karl-Marx-Stadt which was named after the founder of Communism.

Like most big wigs in Volkswagen Group, Mr Mueller comes from a technical background and began life with an apprenticeship as a toolmaker at Audi before completing a degree in computer science.

The boyish-looking Mueller took over as chief executive at Porsche a little more than two years ago and is known as a tough manager.

A career like that is almost impossible to imagine here where an unwritten law seems to dictate that a chief executive must study accountancy, but perhaps it is time for shareholders to appoint people with real knowledge to the top spot rather than accountants and other generalists?

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