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Volkswagen Reshuffles Management Team, Appoints Sven Smeets As Motorsport Director

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 30 / 16

Sven Smeets Volkswagen Motorsport has reshuffled its management team following the departure of Motorsport Dir Jost Capito. The motorsports department of the German car brand on Monday announced the appointment of ...

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