VW CEO Apologizes to Obama: ‘We Have Disappointed Many People’

By Paul Riegler on 29 April 2016
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DSC_0597The CEO of embattled automaker Volkswagen made a personal apology to President Obama last Sunday for the Dieselgate scandal.

Martin Müller, who was appointed to the position of chief executive last fall, following the departure of long-time CEO Martin Winterkorn, said he had a short two-minute exchange with the president during the latter’s visit to Hannover. The encounter took place at a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“I had a brief two minutes for the conversation and apologized for the matter as such,” Mr. Müller said on Thursday at its annual earnings press conference in Wolfsburg, where VW is headquartered. “I requested that America build us a bridge,” indicating it was both in the interest of the company’s 600,000 employees and their families, the company’s suppliers and dealers, as well as the United States to find a solution that allows the company to move past the scandal.

“We know that we have disappointed many people, people who have placed their trust in Volkswagen,” said Mr. Müller.

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