Open campaigning for CEO jobs at automakers rarely occurs, but Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he’s young and fit enough to be a candidate to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of Volkswagen Group.
During Porsche’s annual earnings press conference this month, the newest member of the VW Group’s management board effectively announced his desire for the job, dismissing a report that he had no interest because he is in his 60s.
“I was misinterpreted as saying I felt myself to be too old for that. I only told the supervisory board members that ... when the 67- or 68-year-old Winterkorn leaves, you have to ask yourself whether a 62-year-old represents a generational change,” he said.
“Let me just say, I am not too old for anything,” Mueller said.
Winterkorn’s contract expires at the end of next year, but reports have surfaced that he is willing to remain CEO for another two years.