Daimler Agrees To Let Volkswagen Hire Its Compliance Expert

After a request from Volkswagen, officials at Daimler agreed to release one of its top executives from her contract to help Volkswagen through the recent emission scandal.

Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt seems well-suited to manage the complicated web of legal problems and other complications stemming from Volkswagen’s over-polluting diesel engines. Hired on as a member of Daimler AG’s board of management in 2011, she was tasked with handling corporate compliance, business ethics and integrity worldwide.

“A better candidate couldn’t have been chosen,” noted the director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer. He added that Daimler’s offer would support Volkswagen’s efforts to “clean up the collateral damage from the diesel deceit.”

In a statement, Daimler said it agreed to release Hohmann-Dennhardt from her contract, which ran until February 2017, “in the interests of the good corporate governance of the German automotive industry.”

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Hohmann-Dennhardt’s new position will be similar to her last, heading up Volkswagen’s Integrity and Legal Affairs department. She is set to begin January 1, 2016.

“Compliance is now firmly anchored at Daimler and in its corporate culture,” Volkswagen noted in a statement.

“We are delighted that Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt has agreed to take on this responsible task and that we can build on her outstanding competence and experience”, added Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Hans Dieter Pötsch. “At the same time we would like to thank Daimler AG for agreeing to our request to the early termination of Dr. Hohmann-Dennhardt’s contract.”