Stadler digs in his heels at Audi, de­spite ar­rest over Diesel­gate

MOVERS AND SHAK­ERS

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more to for­mally re­sign. While the 55-year-old is be­ing in­tran­si­gent, Audi is be­ing run tem­po­rar­ily by his for­mer sales sub­or­di­nate, Bram Schott.

Ne­go­ti­at­ing hard is about all he has to do with his time at Augs­burg prison in south­ern Bavaria af­ter the court re­jected his ap­peal re­lease over sus­pi­cions of tam­per­ing with Diesel­gate wit­nesses.

Volk­swa­gen and Audi are both re­luc­tant to sack Stadler out­right, fear­ing an enor­mous pay­out with al­le­ga­tions in open court should he even­tu­ally be proven in­no­cent.

It would have to be re­paid in full if he is found guilty of any wrong­do­ing in re­la­tion to the emis­sions-cheat­ing scan­dal. Bischoff, whose ten­ure ex­pires in 2021, as chair­man. He has played a key role in shap­ing Daim­ler since 2006, dur­ing which time he over­saw the com­pany’s split from Chrysler as well as sur­viv­ing the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Mercedes-Benz pro­duc­tion and sup­ply chain chief Markus Schäfer will suc­ceed Käl­le­nius as head of group re­search and Mercedes-Benz cars de­vel­op­ment.

Audi’s Ru­pert Stadler.

Volk­swa­gen SA’s Martina Biene.

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