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Beate has 25 years of wide ranging IT experience in which she has progressed from technical roles to ever increasing levels of leadership responsibility. Beate holds a degree in Business Administration and informatics from the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück.
Beate began her professional career in 1991 as a Specialist and Project Manager of Organization Business Processes in which she assisted in the creation and optimization business processes in Volkswagen AG and for the North American Region. During this time Beate spent 18 months working abroad in Puebla, Mexico. In 1995 Beate took the role as Assistant to the CIO of Volkswagen Group until 1998. From 1998 until 2001 Beate held the Head of Marketing Key Customers for gedas Berlin and then Head of Competence Center E-Commerce for gedas in Brazil. In 2001 until 2011 Beate returned to Germany work in various IT Management roles in IT infrastructure and Application Development for Volkswagen AG. In 2011 Beate took the role as Head of Application Management Services. This role consisted of supporting all Volkswagen Group Applications worldwide and creating standardized processes for Application Management and Services. In June of 2016, Beate became the Chief Information Security Officer for Volkswagen. Beate is fluent in German, English, and Portuguese and retains advanced skills in Spanish and French.