Rothenpieler's new role is part of a bigger reshuffling of VW executive roles (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group has a new head of quality assurance, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, who succeeded Frank Tuch in this position February 15.

The German car group's senior management ranks have been almost completely reshuffled following its admission last year of widespread cheating on emission tests in the US and elsewhere.

Rothenpieler, 58, takes on his new role having served earlier as head of technical development at VW's commercial vehicles division. He is succeeded there by Harald Ludanek, head of R&D at VW's Scania truck brand. Tuch is leaving the company

In his new function, Rothenpieler reports directly to VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller. The new quality boss, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, joined the VW group in 1986 and has held various senior management positions at VW's Czech Skoda division, the company's commercial vehicles unit and  the core VW brand.