Some major changes have taken place at the Audi AG Board of Management as the brand battles on following the Volkswagen Group’s diesel-emissions scandal.
Audi is grappling with car recalls, prosecutor investigations and criticism from unions and managers over the diesel emissions scandal and its performance since news of the affair broke in 2015. And now, CFO Axel Strotbek, production chief Hubert Waltl, human resources head Thomas Sigi and sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter are being replaced. VW’s commercial vehicles’ sales head Bram Schot has been chosen to take Voggenreiter’s position, while CFO Strotbek will be succeeded by Alexander Seitz
Audi has named VW manager Wendelin Goebel, a trusted associate of VW CEO Matthias Müller and Audi’s own Stadler, to replace Sigi as head of personnel.
Meanwhile, Peter Koessler, the chief of Audi’s plant in Gyor, Hungary, will likely succeed Waltl as production lead.
However, CEO Rupert Stadler, who was criticised for his handling of the diesel crisis, will persist as CEO of the company. “Our shared goal with the new Board of Management team and a strong workforce is now to set the course for the future and to systematically move forward with our transformation towards e-mobility, digitisation and mobility services. Our growth plan and Strategy 2025 provide the roadmap,” Stadler said.