Volkswagen Group CEO to be replaced soon

Further details are emerging over an expected management shake-up at German vehicle giant Volkswagen AG, ahead of a supervisory board meeting expected on Friday.

"Diess will hold both positions, CEO of the company and the VW brand", one of the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The statement said board of directors head Hans Dieter Poetsch was in discussions with top managers about how their responsibilities are divided.

The scandal, and Volkswagen's continued vulnerability to it, came into renewed focus after The New York Times reported in January that the company had helped to finance experiments on monkeys in a bungled attempt to show that exhaust from modern diesels was benign. Mr. Diess has been running the Volkswagen brand since 2015.

Volkswagen's boss Matthias Mueller could be set to depart after the German vehicle giant said it was mulling a reshuffe of its top ranks, with VW brand chief Herbet Diess tipped as his successor.

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Its complex structure has extended to its main shareholder, Porsche Automobil Holding, where VW's chairman serves as the CEO and Mueller also serves as a top executive. Porsche said in a separate release that any changes at VW would be reflected in its management.

The company said in its statement on Tuesday that it was considering changes to its complicated management structure.

Mueller has been accused of a weakness in his decision-making at Europe's biggest auto manufacturer, a source close to the supervisory board told dpa.

The move comes after Europe's largest automaker has been hampered by infighting among its powerful stakeholders, which include the Porsche and Piech families, the German state of Lower Saxony, and labour leaders. Mueller told German magazine Der Spiegel in March that he "doesn't like politicians meddling with my business", likening a discussion about a salary cap for executives to the oppressive system of the former German Democratic Republic. It sold a record 10.74 million...

A VW spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on the expected promotion of Diess.

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