Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Herbert Diess replaces Matthias Mueller

Volkswagen puts Herbert Diess in the driving seat Volkswagen has appointed Herbert Diess as CEO
Scott Davis | 13 April, 2018, 03:53

Diess' influence at Volkswagen would grow even further if the supervisory board supports long-standing plans to combine the carmakers' high number of independently operating brands into four core groups. For years, Volkswagen lied through its teeth to regulators and customers both at home and overseas about how clean its diesel cars were.

Herbert Diess, chief of the Volkswagen brand, was named to take over as CEO of the company as a whole.

"In a phase of profound upheaval in the automotive industry, it is vital for Volkswagen to pick up speed and make an unmistakable mark in e-mobility, the digitalization of the automobile and transportation as well as new mobility services", the new CEO added.

Volkswagen Group, the world's largest automaker by sales volume, has appointed a new CEO to replace the executive who helped steer the company out of its diesel emissions scandal and into a new era of investment in electric cars.

Volkswagen, which employes over 640,000 people, turned aggressively to electric cars under Mueller's leadership. The move is part of an effort to reorganize the company to do business more efficiently, the company said.




He was replaced by Matthias Mueller, a Volkswagen stalwart who stepped up to guide the company through the storm-tossed waters that surrounded it because of the diesel cheating mess.

Mr Mueller had been running Porsche before being elevated to replace Martin Winterkorn. That project became much more urgent as the diesel scandal generated massive costs, and meant taking on established interest groups.

The 59-year-old has focused his reforms at the VW brand on procurement and process management to bring its cost structure and efficiency closer to that of rival Toyota, but stopped short of making sweeping job cuts. His successor is likely to be Gunnar Kilian, the current secretary general of VW's works council, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Mr Mueller - a veteran of the German auto company - was promoted from his role heading the Porsche division to take the job heading the entire group. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Volkswagen's long-time head of purchasing, will leave the company. Now, he's poised to take VW's top job.

On Tuesday, Mueller indicated his "basic willingness to play a part" in possible changes in the firm's leadership after a VW press release announced that the company was mulling changes within its top management echelons.

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