Blog: Dave LeggettVolkswagen's ticklish politics

Dave Leggett | 7 March 2006

The politics at Volkswagen were thrown into sharp relief at the results conference today when VW Group CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder was under the spotlight, not so much for the results themselves, as for the speculation about his position and the rumoured splits in the VW board over the preferred approach to cost-cutting. The Ferdinand Piech role on the Supervisory Board adds a certain poignancy to say the least, with Pischetsrieder apparently trying to create a leaner VW and (by implication, at the least) put right the long-term 'fattening' that occurred under Piech. And there is almost certainly some politicking going on behind the scenes.

Undoing the master’s (Piech's) work? Must be like treading on eggshells when the board gets together and, indeed, maybe a few eggshells have already been broken. Can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs perhaps, but if too many eggs are lined up for a smashing, the chef may well be ordered out of the kitchen.

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