Ralf Pfitzner

Head of
Sustainability,
Volkswagen

Ralf Pfitzner leads the sustainability department of Volkswagen AG. His responsibilities include the global governance for sustainability at the Volkswagen Group and its brands. Among others, he leads Volkswagen’s ambitious decarbonisation program. His responsibilities cover integration of sustainability in the “Together Strategy 2025+”, setup and implementation of group-wide programs, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement, ESG ratings  etc. Furthermore, he is in charge of managing Volkswagen’s Sustainability Council consisting of independent experts advising the Managing Board of Volkswagen. 


From 2004 to 2017, Ralf Pfitzner was Vice President Corporate Strategy - Sustainability – Resource & Energy Efficiency at Siemens AG. There, he was in charge of decarbonization and climate change topics. He led the global “CO2-neutral Siemens” program with the goal of CO2-neutral operations by 2030 and was in charge of the Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. 

Before he joined Siemens in 2004, Ralf Pfitzner was Senior Executive at KPMG Sustainability Services. From 1995 to 1999, he was 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 (Swiss Federal Technical University). Furthermore, he successfully completed the General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School in 2012.