By Luca Ciferri, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Nov. 12, 2015) — Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months — if not years — before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests.
VW is not the only one feeling the effects, as the entire auto industry has taken a hit because of the company's misguided actions. While there are plenty of losers as a result of “Dieselgate,” there are also some winners. Let's take a look at a few of each.
One winner is a 65-year-old, sweet-but-tough woman who, instead of retiring, will begin arguably the toughest job in the global auto industry. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt starts as VW Group's first board member for integrity and legal affairs on Jan. 1. She currently holds that same position at Daimler A.G., which agreed to release her from her contract a year early to help VW clean up its mess.
Ms. Hohmann-Dennhardt left her job as a judge in the German Federal Constitutional Court to join Daimler in 2011.
She arrived after the company was accused of bribery at its heavy-truck division. She is the first female management board member in Daimler's history, and she will achieve that same milestone at VW Group.
Another winner is Ferdinand Piech. The architect of the VW Group as we know it today didn't want Martin Winterkorn to succeed him as VW Group chairman. His wish was granted when VW passed over Mr. Winterkorn in favor of group finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch, who is a longtime Piech ally.