Volkswagen Group Quality Assurance chief Frank Tuch has decided to resign amid the huge emissions scandal involving multiple brands from the group.

Volkswagen Group Quality Assurance chief Frank Tuch has decided to resign amid the huge emissions scandal involving multiple brands from the group.

While the official word from VW is that Frank Tuch is leaving “at his own request,” the truth according to Automotive News Europe is that he was forced to quit after being suspended a few months back when the Dieselgate emerged. He held this job for six years and apparently he was actually one of the nine high-level managers put on leave towards the end of 2015.

Frank Tuch is going to be replaced as Volkswagen Group Quality Assurance chief starting February 15 by Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, currently Board Member for Technical Development at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand. Rothenpieler is no stranger to this position which he held between 2007 and 2010 when he was replaced by Tuch. The latter is about to take “new responsibilities elsewhere”, but VW says he will continue to provide advisory support for the group.

In the press release issued this week, VW expresses its regret for Frank Tuch’s decision and also thanks him for what he has done for the group over the years.

The ongoing Dieselgate is far from over which is why VW has apparently decided to delay the 2015 earnings report until April while the annual shareholders’ meeting will be held in early June, about 4-6 weeks later than usual. As a measure to clean up the mess in the United States, VW will reportedly provide “generous compensation packages” for around 600.000 owners of diesel-powered cars.

Source: Volkswagen

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