Volkswagen has appointed former Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech’s nieces to the automaker’s supervisory board in order to replace him and his wife Ursula following their surprise departure from the automaker last Saturday. Louise Kiesling and Julia Kuhn-Piech were appointed to the 20-member supervisory board at the request of the management board, Automotive News reports, however Piech doesn’t agree with the decision and may try to have his family members removed from the position.
Piech, grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, is against the appointment of his nieces to the VW board as they have limited automotive industry experience. Kiesling, 57, is the great-granddaughter of Ferdinand Porsche and currently runs an Austrian textile manufacturing company. Kuhn-Piech, 34, is the daughter of Ferdinand Piech’s younger brother, Hans-Michel Piech, and works in real estate.
Under German law, a works council and the company can nominate members to fill vacancies on the supervisory board through a court proceeding. The Kiesling and Kuhn-Piech appointments have been approved by courts “with immediate effect,” according to AN, however Piech may attempt to oust them from the positions by taking legal action against the court ruling.
Piech would rather see former BMW product chief and ex Premier Automotive Group boss Wolfgang Reitzle nominated to the board, and has also expressed interest in former Siemens boss Brigitte Ederer to fill the position. According to a report from German daily newspaper Bild, Piech may choose to take legal action against the appointment of his family members in the near future.