VW chairman to seek reelection at annual meeting

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BERLIN — Volkswagen Group Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch will seek reelection at the automaker’s annual general meeting.

Poetsch, VW’s former finance chief,  became chairman of the supervisory board in 2015, weeks after the start of the diesel emissions scandal in which VW in 2015 acknowledged using illegal software to rig diesel engine tests in the United States.

Poetsch, 70, was instrumental in averting a leadership crisis at VW last year. He brokered a truce after VW Group CEO Herbert Diess clashed with the company’s labor leaders over Diess’s plans to boost profits and cut costs.

A VW spokesperson said on Saturday that the company’s supervisory board recommends to the upcoming annual shareholder meeting “that it elect supervisory board chair Hans Dieter Poetsch for a full five-year term.”

The date of the meeting has not been announced.

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