The clean-up in VWs management has started in earnest. Volkswagen's supervisory board has elected former Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter Poetsch as its new chairman. Poetsch is a company insider, and that has already provoked criticism.
The German carmaker has initiated the deepest changes to its management since the diesel emissions scandal of late 2015, replacing its CEO and establishing a corporate structure designed to speed up decision making.
Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn just became one of the most senior foreign executives to ever be charged with conspiracy and wire fraud by US prosecutors. But he is simply unable to accept blame, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
VW's supervisory board is set to name VW brand chief Herbert Diess as the group's new chief executive, replacing Matthias Müller in what's believed to be a broader management overhaul aimed at boosting efficiency.
The embattled former VW executive is believed to have made more than €100 million through his career at the German carmaker. But that money and his pension could be targeted if he is held responsible for damages.
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