FRANKFURT -- Lower Saxony premier Christian Wulff will try to dethrone Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piech once more during a board meeting on Friday, Nov. 11, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The board was likely to approve plans to cut the group's work force by 13,000 jobs, the Hamburger Abendblatt reported in a story released in advance of publication on Wednesday.
Citing sources on the board, the paper wrote that Wulff would resume his fierce backroom battle with Piech for control over the board after launching an unsuccessful attempt to undermine the chairman's authority during the last meeting in mid-October.
A leading conservative politician who sits on the board as a caretaker for Lower Saxony's 18.2 percent holding in Volkswagen, Wulff has attacked Piech over a potential conflict of interest.
At issue directly is Piech's dual role as Volkswagen chairman and co-owner of Porsche -- now VW's largest shareholder -- although board members have questioned whether Wulff is making use of the situation for political gain.
Piech, regarded as one of the most influential chief executives at VW in recent memory, is the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, designer of the VW Beetle and founder of the legendary sportscar maker.
In the past, the German media has reported that Wulff aimed to replace Piech with fellow board member Heinrich von Pierer, formerly the chief executive of Siemens AG.