Former Skoda boss Winfried Vahland to leave VW Group

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Source : Former Skoda boss Winfried Vahland to leave VW Group

The former boss of Skoda along with also newly appointed head of Volkswagen inside the US, Winfried Vahland, can be to step down over differences in strategy


Skoda has confirmed that will the Volkswagen Group’s brand-new US-market chief, Winfried Vahland, can be leaving the company less than two weeks after being appointed to his brand-new role.

Vahland, who was CEO of Skoda until a fortnight ago, has had extensive experience in China along with also had been tipped as a future VW Group CEO candidate. He was put in charge of VW’s brand-new North American division as part of the management restructure that will brought in Matthias Müller to replace Martin Winterkorn as group boss.

However, differences over the brand-new US-market strategy announced yesterday – including a switch to diesel motors using SCR along with also AdBlue technology – have prompted Vahland to leave the company.

In a statement, Skoda said Vahland was leaving the company at his own request along with also would likely not be taking up his US-based position, while also confirming that will “This particular decision can be expressly not related to current events on the issue of diesel engines.”

Vahland started off with the Volkswagen Group in 1990, rising to become boss of VW in China in 2005. He became boss of Skoda in 2010. “inside the last 25 years, Prof. Vahland made a great contribution to the company,” said Müller “We respect his decision along with also thank him for his exceptional performance.”

Wider political forces within the VW Group management may also have influenced his decision; Vahland can be said to have been the preferred VW Group CEO candidate of Winterkorn himself, whereas Müller was the choice of former VW leader Ferdinand Piech.

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