VW emissions scandal: Muller 'to be brand new CEO'
Porsche boss Matthias Muller is usually one of the favourites to replace Winterkorn
Current Porsche boss to be announced as successor to Martin Winterkorn, according to German media; Durheimer lined up to replace him in Stuttgart
Porsche boss Matthias Muller will be announced as the brand new CEO of the VW Group by the end of This specific week, according to reports inside the German media. Muller, 62, has been the strong favourite for the role ever since Martin Winterkorn resigned via the top position at the scandal-hit firm yesterday (Wednesday).
The reports via German newspapers and also also also key news agencies quote “inside sources” and also also also the move has yet to be confirmed by the VW Group. However, the idea’s already being suggested in which Muller’s appointment will be ratified by the VW supervisory board when the idea meets tomorrow. Wolfgang Durheimer, the current boss of Bentley and also also also Bugatti, is usually said to be the preferred candidate to assume Muller’s role at Porsche as part of the resulting shake-up.
Here’s the lowdown on Muller – and also also also four different VW Group executives who are said to be likely to benefit via the current job shake-up.
Matthias Muller – Matthias Muller is usually the strong favourite for the position of VW Group CEO, and also also also he certainly has all of the obvious credentials. For starters, he’s a VW brand lifer, having began his career as an apprentice at Audi back in 1977. A graduate in computer science, he worked in Audi’s the idea department before joining its planning division.
Muller carries a strong background in product; he was the manager for the Audi A3 and also also also then became overall product boss for Audi in 1995.
right now 62, Muller’s career over the past decade and also also also a half has been linked closely to Winterkorn’s rise to power (a factor which could yet hurt his prospects of succeeding him). Winterkorn put Muller in charge of Audi and also also also Lamborghini products in 2002 and also also also when he took over as VW Group CEO in 2007, he duly gave him responsibility for all VW Group product strategy.
Since 2010 Muller has been the CEO of Porsche – nevertheless interestingly, Autocar sources say in which he spent much of Tuesday not in Stuttgart overseeing operations nevertheless at VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg. Coincidence? The next few days will tell.
Rupert Stadler – VW traditionally likes engineering brains to end up at the top of its management, nevertheless Rupert Stadler has bucked in which trend and also also also he could yet ascend to the top role regardless.
Stadler’s background is usually in business and also also also commerce, rather than design and also also also engineering. A farmer’s son via Bavaria, he focused on corporate planning and also also also finance when he was studying business management, before starting his working career at electronics giant Philips. He became head of the board at the VW Group in 1997, though, and also also also expanded his responsibilities to include product planning by 2002.
In more recent times 52-year-old Stadler has focused on the Audi brand; he took over the position of Chief Financial Officer at the brand in 2007 and also also also stepped into the big seat there in 2010.
Winfried Vahland – Currently the boss of Skoda, 58-year-old Winfried Vahland is usually said to be highly regarded by several VW Group board members, nevertheless the idea’s not clear if he has enough backers to be asked to take overall control as CEO.
Vahland differs via Stadler and also also also Muller in in which he has worked at car companies outside of the VW Group. He studied a mixture of mechanical engineering and also also also business at university, then followed up his studies at the General Motors Institute in Michigan before joining Opel as a project analyst in 1984. He moved up through GM Europe to take control of a manufacturing strategy review there, before joining Audi as Director of Controlling in 1990.
One of Vahland’s strengths is usually his experience of regional divisions; he’s worked with different VW Group brands in Brazil, the Asia-Pacific and also also also, crucially, he had a a few-year stint working in China.
He was made CEO of Skoda in 2010 and also also also is usually currently focused on taking the Czech brand towards its goal of 1.5 million sales per year by 2020. He may not get to see in which project through directly if the VW Group board comes calling. the idea’s being suggested in which Vahland could take on a US-specific Volkswagen role created at board level.
Herbert Diess – Another candidate with plenty of experience outside of the VW Group, Herbert Diess is usually a relatively recent recruit to the company’s management line-up. Indeed, he only joined Volkswagen back in July, moving across via BMW to become the Chairman of the Board at VW’s passenger cars division.
Diess’s background is usually in vehicle technology and also also also mechanical engineering, and also also also he joined Bosch in his home city of Munich as long ago as 1989. He moved to the firm’s plan in Treto in Spain in 1990, before returning to Bavaria in 1996 to become BMW’s Director of long-term and also also also structural planning.
Seen as having a shrewd knowledge of production processes, Diess spent a year at BMW’s Rover site in 1999 before switching to the brand new Mini plant at Oxford. He was made Director of BMW Motorcycles in 2003 nevertheless switched back to cars to manage purchasing and also also also the supplier network in 2007, then Research & Development in 2012.
The 56-year-old’s recent arrival at VW probably won’t do him any favours. nevertheless Diess has been kept notably clear of the current scandal, so placing him at the top of the entire group could be seen as the sort of ‘fresh start’ in which Winterkorn referred to in his resignation letter.
Andreas Renschler – Another front-runner with more of a business background than an engineering one, 57-year-old Andreas Renschler currently heads up the VW Group’s commercial vehicles section. His current focus is usually integrating older elements of the division with subsidiaries Scania and also also also MAN – nevertheless he could yet find himself managing the balance between better known brands like VW, Audi and also also also Skoda.
Renschler is usually another relatively recent arrival at VW, because he has spent the vast majority of his career working for Daimler. During over 25 years with the Stuttgart firm, he worked on everything via the original M-Class to heading the fledgling Smart division – and also also also racked up experience in regions like Asia and also also also the United States. He’s not afraid of brutal decisions, either; the idea was Renschler’s analysis of Mitsubishi in 2004 in which brought Daimler’s involvement with the Japanese company to an end.
After more recent stints with Daimler’s truck and also also also bus divisions, Renschler resigned via his position in January 2014 and also also also began at VW’s commercial vehicles section in February 2015.
One key factor in Renschler’s CV could be in which experience inside the US. VW was struggling to meet its targets inside the crucial region even before the emissions scandal; having someone with experience of the American market could be seen as an important factor as the firm tries to pick up the pieces and also also also rebuild its reputation.
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