By Chris King • 22 July 2022 • 19:44
In a statement released today, Friday, July 22, the Volkswagen automobile group’s supervisory board reported that its CEO Herbert Diess had been dismissed, by mutual agreement. He will be replaced by Oliver Blume as of September 1, 2022.
Blume is already the president of sports car manufacturer Porsche, and will continue to operate that position in conjunction with his new role as head of the Wolfsburg-based group.
Hans Dieter Potsch, chairman of the VW group’s supervisory board, said: “During his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand and as Chairman of the Group Board of Management, Herbert Diess played a key role in advancing the transformation of the company”.
He added: “The Group and its brands are viable for the future; its innovative capabilities and earning power are strengthened. Mr Diess impressively demonstrated the speed at which, and consistency with which, he was able to carry out far-reaching transformation processes. Not only did he steer the company through extremely turbulent waters, but he also implemented a fundamentally new strategy”.
Blume joined VW in 1994, and has subsequently held various positions with the Audi, Seat, Volkswagen, and Porsche brands, where he has been president since 2015.
Potsch noted that Blume has demonstrated operational and strategic capabilities in various positions within the group and across various brands, while noting that it has led Porsche to financial, cultural, and technological success.
During the meeting of the supervisory board of the German consortium, it was also approved that Arno Antlitz, the financial director of the group, will add the role of Director of Operations to his responsibilities. He will use this position to assist Blume in day-to-day operations. Today’s announcement saw a drop in Volkswagen shares of 1.15 per cent.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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