Ralf Pfitzner

Global Head of Sustainability
Volkswagen Group


Ralf Pfitzner leads the sustainability department of Volkswagen AG. His responsibilities include the integration of sustainability in the Group’s “NEW AUTO” strategy, setup and implementation of group-wide programs e.g. on ESG and decarbonization, non-financial reporting, stakeholder engagement and models for sustainable mobility.

From 2004 to 2017, Ralf Pfitzner was working in various positions at Siemens AG and led the global program “CO2-neutral Siemens” as Vice President Corporate Strategy – Sustainability. Before he joined Siemens in 2004, Ralf Pfitzner was Senior Executive at KPMG Sustainability Services. From 1995 to 1999, he worked as Project Manager at the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Berlin.

Ralf Pfitzner has a degree in Engineering and Environmental Technologies (Technical University of Berlin) and studied Environmental Sciences at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Furthermore, he successfully completed the General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School in 2012.