FRANKFURT -- The head of Volkswagen said on Tuesday he may shake up board responsibilities after a key departure last week and ruled out buying a 45 percent stake in Swedish truckmaker Scania.
Bernd Pischetsrieder, the ex-BMW boss who took the helm at VW exactly a year ago, told the Financial Times in an interview he would start with a "clean sheet of paper" in reshuffling executive responsibilities.
"We will review the total organization and look at whether it is right or wrong to have regional responsibilities as we have them now and whether it is right or wrong to have one set of responsibilities for each brand," Pischetsrieder was quoted as saying.
A VW spokesman said the comments referred to the company's marketing and sales structure rather than any imminent board changes.
Even before arriving at VW, Pischetsrieder presented a new marketing strategy aimed at establishing a clearer identity for VW's brands, which include Audi, Skoda, Lamborghini, SEAT and Bentley, but his critics say he has so far failed to stamp his authority on the group in any other noticeable way.
VW's wide range of brands was acquired under former boss Ferdinand Piech, criticized for his "platform strategy," which saved production costs by building several models on the same basic framework but diluted the identity of individual marques.
Pischetsrieder made it one of his goals to cut out the overlap in the group's brand portfolio.
VW said last week that sales and marketing director Robert Buechelhofer had left over a dispute about marketing. His relationship with Pischetsrieder had been tense dating back to their time at BMW, and he was said to be one of the executive's harshest critics within the company.
The company has said it has not appointed a successor to Buechelhofer, who joined the management board in 1995 and also was responsible for the Asia-Pacific region.
Pischetsrieder also said he had ruled out buying a 45 percent stake in Swedish truckmaker Scania, put up for sale by Volvo. VW has been billed as one of the contenders to buy the Volvo stake.
VW's current strategic stake in Scania, about 18 percent of share capital and 34 percent of voting rights, already gives it an opening in the key fleet management business, he said.
"I don't need to own Scania at all for that. I don't need to own more than we have today -- we will never buy it," he said.
Sweden's Volvo, the world's second largest truck maker, has to sell its stake for regulatory reasons by early next year, and potential buyers include MAN AG and the Iveco truck unit of Italy's Fiat.
Pischetsrieder in the past said that Volkswagen was keeping its options open on whether to sell the Scania stake completely, leave it as is, or buy more.