A Class Of Its Own

Diess has supervisory board’s full support, VW says

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Team on Thursday moved to quash rumors that CEO Herbert Diess had been sidelined, issuing an unsolicited declaration of aid for the govt, who has clashed with the company’s labor leaders in excess of further-than-envisioned cuts.

“The most vital message is that the supervisory board and govt committee … are in full agreement that our CEO Herbert Diess is top the implementation of our tactic,” CFO Frank Witter reported in remarks that have been study out on a phone with journalists on Thursday.

Witter acknowledged that “smoke emanating from Wolfsburg” was a indicator of how hard it was to equilibrium the pursuits of different stakeholders at the corporation.

Diess has for months pushed to lower expenditures at the automaker’s German functions, repeatedly clashing with labor associates, who manage nine of the 19 seats on VW’s board of administrators, acknowledged in Germany as the supervisory board.

In June, Diess was pressured to apologize to the supervisory board after accusing a member of leaking private information and facts to the push.

In the wake of the clash, Diess handed duty for managing the main VW manufacturer to interior veteran Ralf Brandstaetter.

“Feel me, his ambition and his urge for immediate and lasting modify stay unchanged,” Witter reported of Diess on Thursday.

Times after Diess relinquished his immediate oversight of the VW manufacturer, the automaker unveiled a raft of other adjustments that strike a network of exterior managers that Diess had introduced in to increase efficiency at the corporation.

Volkswagen’s potent labor main, Bernd Osterloh, then went on a roadshow to notify investors the automaker has no require for further price cuts in Germany.

In June, VW reported Bernhard Maier, chairman of Volkswagen worth manufacturer Skoda, and Stefan Sommer, the company’s head of procurement, in addition Andreas Renschler, who headed up the trucks division, would depart the corporation.