Reorganization of vw leadership preceded eclat about this

reorganization of vw leadership preceded eclat about this

Nerves are on edge in wolfsburg. Once again. But currently as clear as perhaps not since the beginning of "dieselgate" almost five years ago.

VW group boss herbert diess hands over leadership of the main brand in the world’s largest car group. Voluntarily and out of his own insight – or does he have to hand it in?? Is it a last warning to the manager who likes to appear offensive and dashing, after the problems and communication breakdowns piled up in the past months?? Official presentation: this company must be given "more freedom" for strategic tasks. Unofficial reading among some: he could still be happy to at least continue to control the entire company.

At volkswagen, they are almost used to power struggles, conflicts of interest and other disputes – much to the chagrin of the employees, who repeatedly see their company cast in a bad light. But now the top manager may have overstepped the mark in the dispute over responsibility for mistakes.

In front of more than 3000 managers, diess complained in a videoconference about the leaking of sensitive information on the difficulties the manufacturer is facing. Production of the flagship golf 8 is lagging dramatically behind targets, software problems are plaguing the model, and many employees feel left alone to cope with the increasing pressure.

Even the billion-dollar hopeful ID.3 is lagging. In the car-buying drama, diess ventured far ahead with demands that did not bear fruit. Then there’s the communication around a racist internet promotional video, initially perceived as deflective. And the question of whether, in such a mixed situation, diess’ alleged desire for an early contract extension seems appropriate.

At first, the influential IG metall union members ran out of patience. In an unprecedented action, they expressed their distrust of the board of management in an open letter over a wide area. There is "increasing massive concern" and a lack of a clear crisis strategy regarding the production problems as well as the public image of VW.

But also this apparently felt attacked, because interna had been scattered. The week before last, he had to explain himself to the supervisory board. What followed in the managers’ meeting last thursday is said to have left some present hardly believing their ears.

"The events in the supervisory board last week and the communication about the events in the supervisory board do not help the company," diess said. "They are also a sign of a lack of integrity and compliance. These are crimes that happen in the supervisory board and can obviously be attributed to the supervisory board."One must be "careful that the supervisory board, our highest body, does not in principle weaken us in this position". The sab. But not only with the other managers, but also with the controllers who have been so openly criticized.

A company spokesman said it was not diess’ intention to attack his own supervisors. In addition to chief controller hans dieter potsch, representatives of the porsche and piech families, lower saxony’s minister president stephan weil (SPD), IG metall head jorg hofmann and high store stewards sit in the inner circle of power. "Dr. Diess did not mean to imply that members of the supervisory board had committed any criminal offence," VW explained. The revisions had been made "in the context of press reports, on the basis of which, in repeated cases, obviously confidential information, also on topics of the supervisory board, had been leaked to the media.

Nevertheless, some apparently perceived this as undermining the authority of the group’s highest body. Diess is said to have been on the verge of being thrown out of the company, according to reports – some decision-makers were still prevented from doing so by formal legal concerns in particular.

However, the idea of making the experienced ralf brandstatter from co-managing director of the core brand to operationally sole head of the vehicles with the VW logo had also existed independently of the recent escalations. Some commentators also question whether it is a fortunate decision, despite all the criticism, to take this of all things the main brand in the difficult current phase.

It is no secret that there has long been a crisis between the head of the works council, bernd osterloh, and the company. The two had already clashed over the "future pact" savings program, when the then new brand manager had just come from BMW. After that, there was something like peace in the castle for a while. In connection with the difficult gulf 8 start-up – which diess portrays as a great success in social networks, partly triggering head-shaking on the boards – the conflict ignited anew.

At the latest, the manager, who until now had headed both the group and the core brand, was faced with a tricky test of his mettle. He had excused his remarks as "inappropriate and wrong," it hailed from the control committee. "The members of the supervisory board have accepted the apology of dr. This is assumed and will continue to support him in his work."

The porsche/piech clan, which is convinced of diess’s management qualities and future orientation, also continues – for the time being – to stand by the doctor of production engineering. "Mr. Diess has formally apologized," the VW majority owners declare – but with a clear reminder. "It is also clear that the company must now find calmer waters."

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