Axel Strotbek was born in Hamelin (Lower Saxony) on March 2, 1964.
Between 1984 and 1986, he acquired his first diploma in Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. He then went to the University of Linköping in Sweden for his main course of studies before returning to the University of Karlsruhe to complete his degree in Industrial Engineering in 1989.
After an MBA course at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he joined the Volkswagen Group as Assistant to the Board Member for Controlling and Accounting of the Volkswagen brand in August 1991.
After holding various positions in Controlling and General Financial Planning, he moved to Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH in Zwickau in November 2000, where he was appointed Managing Director for Finance and Controlling. From September 2004 until August 2007, Axel Strotbek was Executive Vice President for Finance at the Volkswagen Group China in Beijing.
On September 1, 2007 Strotbek became Member of the Board of Management for Finance and Organization at AUDI AG.