To a change of direction at the head of Volkswagen

This is one of those twists and turns are unexpected and brutal including Volkswagen (VW) has the secret. Tuesday, April 10, in the early after-noon, the automotive group announced in a terse statement “of probable changes in its management structure, “including” a possible replacement of the president of the management board “. The major daily newspapers of German business have immediately translated : according to their information, Matthias Müller, the current CEO of the group, should leave his post and be replaced by Herbert Diess, the current boss of the Volkswagen brand. These changes should be ratified at a board of supervisors, Friday, April 13.

The decision surprised all observers. Matthias Müller was arrived at the head of the group in September 2015, just after the resignation of Martin Winterkorn following the scandal of diesel engines to performance manipulated. The former boss of Porsche’s track sparkling : in three years, he managed the aftermath of the scandal and to bring his group to the summit. In mid-march, during the annual press conference, he presented the best results in the history of Volkswagen : the turnover, the sales and the operating result, despite the cost of the suites in the case of the diesel, have reached in 2017 of values that is unparalleled. VW may again compete for the title of the first automaker in the world to the Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

At the head of the huge ocean liner Volkswagen, he used the crisis to initiate a series of reforms to scale. On the organizational level, it has reformed a group up here ultra-centralized. On the industrial side, it has launched an extensive strategy of electrification of lines and investment services to the mobility. “We are again on the offensive, and we’re going to stay,” he said. But the offensive should continue without him. Despite its results, Matthias Müller pay apparently…

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