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Volkswagen appoints Matthias Mueller as new CEO following pollution scandal

Published 28 September 2015

Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen has appointed its Porsche sports car unit chief Matthias Mueller as the new CEO in the wake of pollution test rigging scandal.


The 62 year Mueller will succeed Martin Winterkorn, who resigned as CEO after US EPA alleged that company's four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 has been equipped with a software that helps in circumventing EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants.

The automaker has also created a new management structure for the Group and the brands as well as for the North America region.

Volkswagen Supervisory Board interim chairman Berthold Huber said: The new structure strengthens the brands and regions, gives the Group Board of Management the necessary leeway for strategy and steering within the company, and lays a focus on the targeted development of future-oriented fields."

Commenting on Müller's appointment Huber said: "Matthias Müller is a person of great strategic, entrepreneurial and social competence.

"He knows the Group and its brands well and can immediately engage in his new task with full energy. We expressly value his critical and constructive approach."

Matthias Müller studied computer science at Munich University of Applied Sciences and started his career with Audi in Ingolstadt in 1978, become head of the Systems Analysis Division in 1984 and Head of Project Management for the Audi A3 in 1993.

As the cairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Müller was a member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen since March , 2015.

Matthias Müller said: "My most urgent task is to win back trust for the Volkswagen Group - by leaving no stone unturned and with maximum transparency, as well as drawing the right conclusions from the current situation.

"Under my leadership, Volkswagen will do everything it can to develop and implement the most stringent compliance and governance standards in our industry.

"If we manage to achieve that then the Volkswagen Group with its innovative strength, its strong brands and above all its competent and highly motivated team has the opportunity to emerge from this crisis stronger than before."

The automaker has also appointed a new management structure for the Group and the brands as well as for the North America region.

Following an internal investigation on the pollution software scandal, the company said five million Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand vehicles have been affected worldwide.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said: "We are working at full speed on a technical solution that we will present to partners, to our customers and to the public as swiftly as possible.

"Our aim is to inform our customers as quickly as possible, so that their vehicles comply fully with regulations."

Similarly the company has also made changes in its Skoda Board of Management appointing Bernhard Maier as new CEO.

The current CEO of Skoda Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland will now assume responsibility of company's newly created North American Region (NAR).

Image: Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, headquarters of Volkswagen AG. Photo courtesy of Vanellus Foto.