Volkswagen’s Group Board Member for Production, Michael Macht, has chosen to resign from his position at Volkswagen by mutual agreement, the automaker said in a prepared statement.
Macht is known for helping introduce the automaker’s crucial MQB platform, which underpins numerous VW Group models. The move comes after rumors surfaced that VW CEO Martin Winterkorn is unhappy with the rollout of the MQB platform due to production delays with the MQB-based Golf at its Wolfsburg facility. Faulty manufacturing equipment is pushing production back, forcing VW to pay for costly overtime hours for workers.
“Michael Macht has taken the Volkswagen production system further forward. We would like to thank him for his achievements” Winterkorn said. “The Group’s production network has expanded strongly under Macht’s leadership, and the annual production volume has increased from 6.7 million to almost 10 million vehicles.”
Before joining VW 2010, Macht held multiple positions at Porsche, including Chairman of the Board of Management. Head of production for VW, Thomas Ulbrich, will take over for Macht in the position until a replacement has been named,
“The Volkswagen Group and its employees are unique and I am deeply grateful to have been part of this company. I am convinced the Group will continue its successful and sustainable growth of recent years,” said Macht.