Oliver Blume (Photo: Porsche)

Oliver Blume, head of production of the German sports car maker, will become the company's CEO, succeeding Matthias Mueller, who has taken the top position at parent company Volkswagen Group.

Blume, 47, takes up his new job October 1.

Porsche also announced that its US head, Detlev von Platen, will be the brand's new global sales and marketing chief. Von Platen replaces Bernhard Maier, who becomes CEO of Volkswagen's Skoda brand.

The changes at the top of the various VW brands result from the company's admission that it has manipulated the emissions of diesel vehicles so they could pass tests in the US. That cost VW CEO Martin Winterkorn his job and set in motion a number of other management changes.

Porsche's Works Council boss, Uwe Hueck, welcomed Blume's appointment as CEO, saying the production chief "has the right drive technology in him, and he is a Porsche person through and through."