FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder denied reports that the controversial appointment of Horst Neumann as new head of personnel had created a boardroom crisis at the carmaker.
"I am certain that he will fully back the course that we at Volkswagen have taken," Pischetsrieder told German weekly magazine Focus in its upcoming edition, adding that Neumann enjoyed his "full and unqualified support".
Reuters had reported that Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech sided with the unionized employee representatives on VW's board in blessing their choice of Neumann against the will of his CEO and VW Brand Group chief, Wolfgang Bernhard.
Neumann worked 16 years for the IG Metall trade union.
"I have known Mr. Piech now for a long time and I cannot remember a single instance here we had opposing opinions...at most we had different conclusions," Pischetsrieder said in the interview, calling speculation that the appointment led to a rift between his chairman and him as "complete nonsense".
He denied that he thought even for a moment of stepping down as chief executive.
"Why should I do that?," Pischetsrieder said. "If it helps calm things down, I continue to have a lot of fun in my job."