I wouldn’t want to take responsibility for wreaking Germany’s great reputation for engineering excellence either, but come on Mr. Winterkorn. I wouldn’t expect the new CEO to get much much respect from his employees with this being his first action as the head of Volkswagen.
In public statements issued at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, new CEO Matthias Müller condemned the “unlawful behavior of engineers and technicians involved in engine development.”
Müller, former head of Porsche, took over after Martin Winterkorn resigned from the position of CEO earlier this week claiming he is “not aware” of any wrongdoing on his part.
Personally, I think I’m going to have to go with this instead:
Mother Jones political blogger Kevin Drum wrote Saturday that he is not buying the company’s claims.
“This is ridiculous,” Drum argued. “What incentive do low-level engineers and technicians have to do this on their own?”
“Hell, they couldn’t even take on a project like this unless their managers OKed the time to do it, and their managers wouldn’t do it unless they were being pressed by higher-ups,” Drum continued. “Anybody who’s ever worked at a big corporation knows this perfectly well.
This is the worst corporate debacle ever, without people directly dying.