Hohmann-Dennhardt

The Volkswagen dieselgate scandal has certainly left its impact on the automotive industry, with a number of countries issuing recalls for the company’s vehicles. This includes Europe, where 8.5 million vehicles would return to service centres to rectify the issue, which itself is still a work in progress.

In a bid to recover from this scandal, the Volkswagen Group has secured the services of Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who will be appointed as a board member for the Group’s Integrity and Legal Affairs division from January 1, 2016.

Dr. Christine would vacate her current position as the member of the board of management of Daimler AG for Integrity and Legal Affairs, a position she has taken up since February 16, 2011, and was originally contracted to serve until February 28, 2017.

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The move comes following a request issued by Volkswagen Group chairman Hans Dieter Pötsch to Dr. Manfred Bischoff, chairman of Daimler AG, to agree to an early termination of Dr. Christine’s original contract.

According to Bloomberg Business, the Daimler agreed to the deal “in the interests of the good corporate governance of the German automotive industry.” A landmark decision, considering its Mercedes-Benz unit competes with Volkswagen Group’s other luxury marque, Audi, another brand affected by the dieselgate scandal.

In an official statement, Hans said, “we are delighted that Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt has agreed to take on this responsible task and that we can build on her outstanding competence and experience. At the same time we would like to thank Daimler AG for agreeing to our request to the early termination of Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt’s contract.”