Arnd Schaarschmidt was born in Salzgitter 1968. After studying industrial engineering, he worked as independent management consultant for process and cost optimization, particularly in medium-sized companies.
In 1996 Arnd Schaarschmidt changed over to the Volkswagen Group and had several positions in the departments of production, financial and quality assurance. In particular, he was responsible for quality assurance logistics and ckd, for guarantee of the Volkswagen Brand, for controlling of quality assurance of the Volkswagen Brand and for technical services of the Volkswagen Brand.
Since 2011, Arnd Schaarschmidt is head of the central quality assurance of the Volkswagen Group and responsible for all strategic tasks.
In addition he is Managing Director of AQI since May 2015.