FRANKFURT -- German trade union IG Metall proposed to Lower Saxony's government on Monday the nomination of ThyssenKrupp's Ralph Labonte for the post of personnel chief at Volkswagen, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported.
In an advance copy of its Tuesday edition that cited union sources, the newspaper wrote that Juergen Peters, IG Metall boss and supervisory board member of VW, had favored Thyssen's personnel chief during one-on-one talks with conservative Lower Saxony Premier Christian Wulff.
Thyssen is Germany's largest steelmaker, but also manufacturers car parts, elevators and even fuel cell-powered submarines.
The two key figures also discussed another candidate that was proposed by Wulff in close agreement with VW Chief Executive Bernd Pischetsrieder, the paper reported further.
Peters and Wulff are two of the four members of the board's steering committee, which also includes VW works council boss Bernd Osterloh and VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech.
Lower Saxony -- the home state of Volkswagen -- is the carmaker's biggest shareholder, controls just over 18 percent in the company, and holds two seats on the board.
Volkswagen's outgoing personnel chief, Peter Hartz, resigned recently in a gesture of political responsibility for a scandal uncovered within his department.