The word “speculation” is key in the story’s title. We couldn’t help but wonder if Herbert Diess could get a warm hug from Elon Musk and Tesla when we reported last week that he had been sacked as CEO of the Volkswagen Group and given 30 days to take out his office.
Currently, the Economic Times of India is running a report (which is unsupported at this time) that claims Elon offered Diess a job running Tesla in 2015 before he joined Volkswagen. Without a link, Business Insider is given credit for the article. No such story can be found on Google, and using Business Insider’s search feature only returns the original account of the Porsche/Piech family dropping Diess. Interestingly, its most popular story today is about Elon pleading with Sergei Brin for forgiveness following an affair with Brin’s wife, a claim that Musk vehemently refutes. The internet is an odd and enigmatic realm.
Again without providing a source citation, ElectricVehicles.com claims that the information comes from Automotive News Europe. There is no such item on that website, according to a search, but there is an intriguing description of how the clandestine Porsche/Peich clan planned to assassinate Diess while he was in the country to monitor the development of the business’s new EV production line in Chattanooga. The contract was finalized when he returned to Germany. Diess was removed in a palace coup appropriate for Julius Caesar’s downfall. Shakespeare himself could not have performed the music more masterfully.
People connected with the discussions claim that July 20 was the pivotal day, according to unnamed secret sources cited by Automotive News Europe. Diess’ tenure was up, according to the top committee of VW’s supervisory board, which was made up of labor leaders, representatives from Lower Saxony, and family members. While still jet lagged from a visit to the automaker’s SUV production in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he discovered this about lunchtime the next day. The severe obstacles faced by the CEOs of industrial behemoths as they attempt to modernize for the digital age are ultimately reflected in Diess’ undoing.
Given how marginalized Herbert Diess has gotten recently, his retirement from his position as CEO shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to a study by auto expert Philippe Houchois of Jefferis. The timing is bad and serves as yet another example of VW’s incompetence.
DOES TESLA DIESSING MAKE SENSE? What do we understand about Diess, Musk, and Tesla? Exactly nothing. Everyone involved has made the decision to play things cool, so it’s unlikely that anything will be revealed until Diess formally leaves the Volkswagen Group on September 1.
In the CleanTechnica lunchroom today, media guru Benjamin Schulz made this statement while eating vichyssoise and watercress. In addition to a stable CEO expanding and updating the product line, Musk putting a sizable portion of his Tesla shares, say 50 percent, into a legitimate philanthropic foundation dedicated to aggressively spending it on space and renewable energy would make the Tesla brand bulletproof for another 310 years.
One more thing: Having Musk as Diess’ employer might prove to be an even more difficult issue than working with the Porsche/Piech clan. He wouldn’t have to worry, though, about what the Tesla employees thought of him because Tesla is adamantly anti-union.
Some have stated Diess should just purchase an island and enjoy life because he has all the money he will ever need. That is undoubtedly a possibility that I would think about. You will learn more as soon as we do.
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