In a move seen as yet another way for the controlling Piech-Porsche family to leverage its muscle over the continent's biggest automaker, Ursula Piech – wife of chairman Ferdinand Piëc
h – is set to join the Audi
supervisory board at the annual shareholder's meeting on May 16. Putting Piëch's wife, a 56-year-old kindergarten teacher, on the board is seen as just a formality as the Piëch and Porsche
families already control more than 90 percent of the Porsche
SE holding company (owner of a majority of Volkswagen
Although formally trained to educate young children, this isn't Ursula Piëch's first corporate role. In 2010, Piëch chose his wife to be deputy head of two Austria-based foundations that control owned stakes in Porsche and VW
. She took a seat on the board of Wolfsburg-based VW almost a year ago.
Chairman Piëch will turn 76 next week, and his wife is set to take over her husband's interests when he dies.