Volkswagen hires BMW’s engine development expert Markus Duesmann

Of note is the fact that, when compared with rivals, which include Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and VW, BMW’s vehicles have faced fewer regulatory hurdles tied to excessive pollution. Duesmann is likely to head VW’s Audi brand if and when Rupert Stadler steps down.

On Tuesday, Volkswagen disclosed Markus Duesmann, an expert in engine development is set to join its board.

Duesmann is currently the head of BMW’s purchases and suppliers department.

Since Herbert Diess took over as VW’s CEO in April 2018, there have been two high profile defections from the BMW camp to the Volkswagen group.

When compared with rivals, including Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and VW, BMW’s vehicles have faced fewer regulatory hurdles tied to excessive pollution.

“Mr. Duesmann, currently Board of Management Member for Purchasing and Supplier Network at BMW AG, will take up his new position as soon as he is able to do so,” said Volkswagen in a statement.

According to BMW, Duesmann had informed its chairman that he would not make himself available for an extension of his contract because of personal reasons.

“As a consequence, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Mr. Duesmann agreed that Mr. Duesmann will be relieved of his contractual responsibilities as Management Board Member for Purchasing and Supplier Network with immediate effect,” said BMW.

According to a news filing by German newspaper Handelsblatt, Volkswagen wanted Duesmann to fill the post of Audi’s CEO following the arrest of former boss Rupert Stadler. However, Duesmann cannot take over as Audi’s CEO, full time, until Stadler permanently steps down as head of the Audi brand.

Stadler has been temporarily replaced while he remains in custody on suspicion of interfering with a probe into the carmaker’s excessive emissions.

VW and Audi have said that Stadler is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise.

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