Chapter 2: Volkswagen monitorship falls in line under Hiltrud Werner

Hiltrud Werner index

While Larry Thompson assembled his team for the Dieselgate monitorship, Volkswagen countered with appointments of its own, including Hiltrud Werner as head of integrity and legal affairs. Their relationship would determine the success of the monitorship going forward.

Dieselgate monitor Larry Thompson’s counterpart on the Volkswagen side was Hiltrud Werner, a woman who by all accounts could go toe-to-toe with Thompson in intelligence, leadership ability, and strength of character—not that the two were pitted against each other. Quite the opposite. Werner and Thompson worked together beautifully.

“As a boss, she’s inspiring,” said Stephanie Davis, whom Werner hired as Volkswagen Group of America’s first CECO in 2017. “Tough but fair. I would never want to go into a meeting unprepared with Hiltrud Werner. She knows everything about the subject she’s asking you about.”

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