Volkswagen AG, the second largest automaker in the world and the biggest in Europe, could lose its current group sales chief Christian Klingler, who was favorable to ousted chairman Ferdinand Piech.
The automaker is getting ready for reorganization, designed to shake off the effects of the leadership crisis brought by the former chairman Piech and seeking to lift profit and sales as the group seeks the worldwide top position currently held by Japan’s Toyota. Klingler’s position could be dismantled, according to company sources that have declined to share their identity because the matters under discussion are private. The top leaders at VW are now working around a new corporate structure that would lift regional sales units and increase efficiency of the automaker, according to two people familiar with the matter that talked to Reuters. The carmaker has been hard at work trying to lift cost savings at its slowing core auto division by 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) by 2017, but has been shaken by the April scandal between Piech and chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn, leading to the departure of the former – VW’s long-time leader and patriarch figure.
According to one of the sources, Klingler, who has been in charge of VW group sales operations since January 2010, has been criticized by some managers and the move to make his position redundant is one crucial resolve. He would be ousted as the brands and regional managers would assume increased responsibilities in his departments – sales and marketing.