The latest casualty in a string of executive shuffling at the Volkswagen Group is former Head of Communications, Investor Relations, and External Relations Stephan Grühsem, who just recently resigned from his role with the automaker.
The Volkswagen Group has subsequently announced that taking his place will be Porsche AG Head of Public Relations Hans-Gerd Bode, a veteran who’s been with the Volkswagen Group since 1999. Prior to his employment at the Volkswagen Group, Mr. Bode served as a Press Officer at both Mitsubishi and Opel.
Newly-appointed Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller said of Grühsem’s departure: “Stephan Grühsem has played a decisive and strategically shrewd role in shaping communications in the Group over the last nine years. We would like to acknowledge this with gratitude and respect.” He continued: “With Hans-Gerd Bode, another recognized expert is taking over at the helm of communications in our company. He has excellent knowledge of the Group and the automotive industry.”
The Volkswagen Group has seen a number of top executives either resign or change roles in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal which broke last month. Matthias Müller himself replaces Martin Winterkorn as Group CEO, who resigned amidst the public outcry.