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‘News’ that Volkswagen’s chief digital officer, Johann Jungwirth, is leaving the company was the result of a misleading news headline, Jungwirth told Autocar.
The online news story stated that Jungwirth is moving back to the US — something that he confirmed is correct — but some commenters wrongly assumed that meant he was leaving the company.
“The headline was correct, but the explanation and the rest of the story was behind a paywall,” Jungwirth said. “Let me be clear: I am not leaving VW. I am staying to take our venture onto the next step.”
This week, Jungwirth took centre stage at CEBIT 2018, an electronics trade show held in Hanover and Europe’s equivalent to the CES.
He presented to the media and gave a walk around of the show highlights, confirming that he is very much part of VW’s executive management team.
Speaking to Autocar at CEBIT, Jungwirth explained that he is setting up a new office in the Bay Area of San Francisco for the next push in VW’s transformation to a mobility services company.
The ex-Apple staffer, who joined VW in the wake of Dieselgate, has been at the forefront of VW’s moves to electrification and mobility services, led by Matthias Müller.
There had been rumours that new VW Group boss Herbert Diess, who replaced Müller a couple of months ago, and Jungwirth did not get along.
However, Jungwirth disputed this: “I like Herbert and get on well with him. He is a doer and I am a doer. We both like to get on with things.”