Winterkorn steps down as CEO of Porsche SE

New VW Chairman Hans Dieter Potsch Takes His Place As Head Of Holding Company

Martin Winterkorn's departure from all things related to the Volkswagen Group is nearing completion. After having stepped down as chairman of the automaker's executive board nearly a month ago in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, he's now leaving the direction of the company's principal shareholder, as well.

After VW acquired Porsche (the automaker) several years ago, and in turn was principally acquired by Porsche (the holding company), the latter installed Winterkorn as its chief executive officer in order to cement ties between the parties. He's served as chairman of the executive board (German-speak for CEO) at Porsche Automobil Holding SE ever since, but he's now officially resigned from that position.

In his place, the holding company has named Hans Dieter Pötsch as its new chief exec. Pötsch was also recently named as chairman of the supervisory board of the Volkswagen Group, having served until now as CFO of both VW AG and of Porsche SE. Winterkorn's principal successor at the helm of daily operations at VW is Matthias Müller, formerly CEO of the Porsche auto brand and now CEO of the entire VW group.

The development brings Winterkorn's exit closer to completion. However the departing executive still, for the time being, remains at the head of group divisions Audi, Scania, and Truck & Bus GmbH. We don't expect it will be much longer, however, before he formally resigns from those chairmanships as well.

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Porsche SE: Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn ceases function as member and chairman of the executive board
Successor as chairman will be chief financial officer Hans Dieter Pötsch

Stuttgart, 17. October 2015. Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart ("Porsche SE"), reached an agreement with Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn that he ceases his function as member and chairman of the executive board of Porsche SE by the end of October 31, 2015.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche SE, thanked Prof. Dr. Winterkorn for the successful work in previous years: "Prof. Dr. Winterkorn assumed office as chairman of the executive board of Porsche SE in a difficult situation. He played a significant role in transforming our company into a highly professional investment holding. I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the entire supervisory board."

Hans Dieter Pötsch, chief financial officer of Porsche SE, was appointed by the supervisory board to succeed Prof. Dr. Winterkorn as chairman of the executive board of Porsche SE effective November 1, 2015.

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