BMW opens the way: Audi hopes for a new leader 2

BMW opens the way: Audi hopes for a new leader

Is this a quick change in Ingolstadt? Monaco has long insisted that the former CEO of BMW, Duesmann, had fulfilled his contract before he could switch to the Audi competition. The block is now over, they say. Next week Audi could take Duesmann into office.

The automotive group Volkswagen wants to appoint former BMW CEO Markus Duesmann to the future CEO of its subsidiary Audi, according to information from the group's circles in the next week. The board of directors wanted to deal with the staff at the meeting on November 15, stating that three are familiar with the issue. Duesmann is expected to replace the current Audi Bram Schot leader in April next year, said one of the experts. As a new position for Schot is the Chinese department in the VW group conversation board. This task is so far responsible for the head of VW Herbert Diess. VW and Audi have declined to comment.

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According to another insider, BMW recently decided to abandon Duesmann on April 1, 2020 and therefore prematurely from its contract. The Monaco has long insisted that the engineer fulfills his contract until 1 October. According to the experts, the decision to let go of Duesmann was followed by long negotiations behind the scenes between Volkswagen and BMW.

At the end of last year, the Dutch Schot was definitively appointed CEO of the VW subsidiary. Schot arrived at the top in June last year after his predecessor Rupert Stadler was arrested on suspicion of fraud in the diesel deal. Later, Stadler's parent company separated.

Duesmann is now credited with leading the development of clean diesel engines and eliminating the legacy exhaust gas pollution of Audis. It will help the premium brand of Ingolstadt to shine, which they lost with diesel handling. This also includes making Audi more economical. According to company committee circles, workers and Audi management are negotiating to reduce the capacity of the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm facilities. An agreement could already be reached next week.