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Hiltrud Werner has a need for speed

Bill Coffin | January 9, 2018

When you speak with Hiltrud Werner, two things immediately become clear. The first is that she has a real passion for compliance and integrity. The second is that she loves to drive. And not just anything, either. A self-professed gearhead with “motor fuel for blood in my veins,” Werner will tell you how satisfying it can be, when going over 200 kph in a high banking turn, to simply let go of the steering wheel and let the car drive itself. She recently got behind the wheel of a 1,500 hp Bugatti Veyron, the apex predator of supercars. “The acceleration is amazing,” she said, her eyes sparkling. “It’s like when the Starship Enterprise goes into warp. All of the sudden, you have the feeling that the world is very, very small.”

At the end of January, Werner will reach her first anniversary as the head of Integrity and Legal Affairs at Volkswagen AG, the biggest company in Germany, as well as one of the world’s leading automakers. In her role, she oversees the compliance and... To get the full story, subscribe now.