Volkswagen considering board changes, may name new CEO


The unit, which shares little or no overlap with the manufacturer's other divisions, will change its legal structure to prepare its access to capital markets, VW said in a separate statement.

The management shake-up signals VW's desire to move forward from the emissions scandal and revive its financial fortunes.

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

Mueller, who formerly headed Porsche, took over as CEO unexpectedly in September 2015 when Martin Winterkorn resigned over the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

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.

Such an overhaul would be part of a wider auto industry trend towards spin-offs as companies aim to become more nimble and efficient to cope with rapid changes such as the rise of electric vehicles and autonomous driving.

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But Diess, a lanky, cool-headed Bavarian, never got ruffled and ultimately secured a landmark deal that paved the way to cut as many as 30,000 jobs and save 3.7 billion euros ($4.6 billion).

Mueller, a former chief executive of sportscar-building VW subsidiary Porsche AG, was brought in to replace Martin Winterkorn in 2015 and was contracted to serve until 2020.

"Diess is a man of action, he is the most plausible choice at VW to lead the group into the next phase of its transformation", said Nord LB analyst Frank Schwope, who has a buy rating on Volkswagen. But instead of being squeezed out, he has been pushed upward, and has been made CEO.

Francisco Garcia Sanz, head of procurement since 2001, was picked by the board in 2015 to oversee the Dieselgate cleanup - he has now left the company too.

One of the sources said that Blessing will be replaced by Gunnar Kilian, a general secretary at VW's works council who worked directly under labour boss Bernd Osterloh. Audi, the VW brand, the trucks division, and the group's Chinese operations also have representatives on Volkswagen's top executive body.

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.