The promotion will see Thomas leave his current position as managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, which he has occupied since September 2011.
He will succeed Jurgen Stackmann who became chairman of Seat S.A. in May and will begin his new position on September 1.
In his new role, Thomas will be based at the company’s international headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, where he will report to the board member for sales and marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, Christian Klingler.
Thomas said: ‘It will be tough to leave the VWG UK team after just two years. However, this new role is a great opportunity for me to work at the heart of the Group. The UK team has achieved so much and I am very proud to have worked with and supported them.
‘During the past two years we have grown sales and market share and made many organisational changes to ensure that we are better equipped to tackle the inevitable future challenges and developments in the automotive industry. One in five new vehicles purchased in the UK comes from the Volkswagen Group team; a remarkable achievement.’