Audi faces major reshuffle of management board


A major management board reshuffle at Audi looks increasingly likely after two more media outlets said that four top executives at the automaker face dismissal.
Audi’s Finance chief Axel Strotbek, production chief Hubert Waltl, human resources chief Thomas Sigi and sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter will be replaced, Reuters and Manager Magazinereported on Friday.
Handelsblatt on July 21 said the four board members could be replaced following an Audi board meeting scheduled for Sept. 29. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will retain his post thanks to support from the Porsche and Piech families who control Audi parent Volkswagen Group, but he could be removed next year, the paper said.
Audi has been deeply involved in VW Group’s emissions-rigging crisis.
The German government has ordered a recall of Porsche Cayenne SUVswith 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines developed Audi. The government has evidence that the Cayennes use a defeat device to cheat on emissions testing, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told reporters in Berlin on Thursday.
Earlier this month Audi said it would recall up to 850,000 cars with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel engines to update software controlling emissions.
In March German investigators raided Audi offices in connection with the diesel scandal.
Manager Magazin said VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller informed the executives on July 26 of their impending dismissal.
Audi declined comment
Fuente: Automotive News

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