VW’s former quality head quits the company amidst the emissions scandal image

Volkswagen’s former chief of group quality control has left the carmaker as chief executive Matthias Mueller overhauls senior management positions following the emissions scandal.

The German automaker announced this week that Frank Tuch, the former head of group quality assurance, left the company at his own request to take on new responsibilities elsewhere, but would continue to serve in an advisory capacity. Tuch has been appointed department head in 2010 and prior to assuming this function he held positions in quality assurance and as technical director at various companies, including the former DaimlerChrysler AG and Porsche. According to sources, he has been suspended shortly after the emissions scandal broke out in September, right after the former CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped aside. Functions in the area of responsibility headed by the CEO have been reorganized as part of the Group’s structural and staff realignment, and the number of top managers reporting directly to the CEO has been almost halved, VW said in a statement.

Tuch will be replaced by Hans-Joachim Rothenspieler, currently Board Member for Technical Development at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, effective February 15. He has joined the company 30 years ago and will be replaced by Harald Ludanek, development chief at Swedish truck maker Scania, VW added. Rothenspieler will report to Mueller, as will VW’s new finance chief Frank Witter, new head of compliance Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt and new human resources chief Karlheinz Blessing.