Ever since the outbreak of dieselgate, Volkswagen’s PR department in Wolfsburg has done overtime. Ever since last week, it’s been strictly 9-5 for VW’s overworked flacks. Not because the world would have lost its intense interest in getting to the bottom of dieselgate. All overtime in VW’s Abteilung Kommunikation Volkswagen was canceled by Volkswagen’s powerful Works Council. If reporters’ questions to Volkswagen take longer than usual, now you know why.
Go-slow Decree For Volkswagen’s PR Department Adds Fuel To Management Unrest, Fired Exec Castrates “Christian Klingler”
A “crown witness” in the dieselgate scandal has been talking for months, implicating a large number of engineers and executives, a report in German media says. When Volkswagen’s U.S. chief Michael Horn took the stand at a House committee last October, he said that the cheating was the work of a couple of rogue engineers, and that nobody higher up had any idea. As unbelievable as it did sound, the story of a couple of engineers lacking parental supervision became the narrative at Volkswagen, with the story line culminating so far last week in a botched interview given by Volkswagen’s new CEO Matthias Mueller, where he told National Public Radio that Volkswagen didn’t lie, and that a few engineers simply misinterpreted American rules.
As of today, Volkswagen needs a new narrative.
Volkswagen famously needs twice the people as Toyota to make 10 million cars a year. Volkswagen has begun culling its ranks in an unorthodox way: At the top. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Volkswagen’s Supervisory Board will convene, and a day later, CEO Matthias Müller and Supervisory Board Chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch will meet the press to give a dieselgate update. Any management board level changes need approval by the supervisors, so Thursday is the day when new decapitations, some expected, some not, may be announced. [Continue Reading]
It looks like at least one catastrophe may have been averted at VW, and that the blonde blight Ariane Reinhart will not be made head of the company’s stressed-out HR. Swaths of Volkswagen personnel threatened a walkout, should the despised dame return, and the Hallway Radio is now comfortably certain that she won’t. Instead, Karlheinz Blessing is expected to be announced as new HR director once Volkswagen’s Supervisory Board meets this coming Wednesday. Dailykanban readers know that at Volkswagen, the HR chief must be beatified by the unions, and Blessing definitely comes with that blessing. Blessing is said to be a long-term member both of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, and the IG Metall metalworkers union. [Continue Reading]
Red alert in Wolfsburg. Not because of dieselgate, people can learn to cope. Volkswagen folks are worried about rumors of an incoming Ariane Reinhart as head of VW’s HR. “This would be a true catastrophe,” a terrified voice on Volkswagen’s Hallway Radio told the Dailykanban today. [Continue Reading]
NOxious #dieselgate emissions have decimated rows of Volkswagen managers. Now, the deadly diesel discharges are beginning to poison careers of top managers at Audi. After Monday’s revelation that Audi-developed 3 liter diesels also contain cheater-software, Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler has come under intensive fire. Volkswagen chief Matthias Müller is livid, Volkswagen’s hallway radio says. Müller trusted Stadler’s solemn vow that Audi is clean, and he looks like a liar. Stadler doesn’t think of stepping down, German media says, but the hallway radio already has a candidate for Stadler’s throne. [Continue Reading]
Yesterday, Volkswagen finally made official an offer that has been rumored for weeks: Help find the perpetrators of dieselgate, and you won’t be fired. The trouble is: You still could lose your job. You might even have to go to jail. [Continue Reading]
Large investment fund follows Hallway Radio suggestions, demands heads of VW’s Müller and Pötsch, Stadler also in cross-hairs
A week ago, we wrote about the Hallway Radio discussing a replacement of Volkswagen’s CEO Matthias Müller, along with Volkswagen’s complete Board of Management, and parts of the Supervisory Board, due to the fact that all of them are too much a part of VW’s old culture to effect necessary change. Now, one of VW’s largest shareholder also wants them to go. [Continue Reading]