Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who currently serves as a member of the board of management of Daimler for integrity and legal affairs, is leaving her post at Daimler to assume the same role at competitor, Volkswagen. She will join Volkswagen as a board member for integrity and legal affairs on Jan. 1, 2016.
Daimler agreed to terminate Hohmann-Dennhardt's contract early, which was supposed to run until Feb. 28, 2017.
"Compliance is now firmly anchored at Daimler and in its corporate culture, and in coordination with the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has agreed to this request in the interest of good governance in the German automotive industry," Volkswagen said in a statement.
Hohmann-Dennhardt will assume her new role at Volkswagen at a time when the company is under numerous investigations for its massive emissions scandal, in which Volkswagen confessed that it had sold millions of cars with “defeat devices” to evade federal standards on auto emissions.
In a recent statement, Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO Michael Horn spoke candidly about the wrongdoing: “Let’s be clear about this: Our company was dishonest, with the [Environmental Protection Agency] and the California Air Resources Board,” he said. “We have totally screwed up. We have to make this right.”