Audi appoints new chairman, development boss to bounce back from scandal

MUNICH — Audi‘s supervisory board appointed Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller as chairman to replace Martin Winterkorn and Stefan Knirsch as development chief to succeed Ulrich Hackenberg.

Hackenberg was suspended two months ago together with two other executives closely associated with the development of the diesel engine at the center of VW Group’s NOx-emissions rigging emissions scandal.

Hackenberg has left the company by “mutual agreement,” Audi said in a statement released after a supervisory board meeting Thursday. Knirsch, who is currently head of engine development, will take Hackenberg’s role on Jan. 1, Audi said in a separate statement.

Hackenberg, 65, was suspended by Audi’s parent, VW Group, in September, along with