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Former Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland, who was just announced as the CEO of the Volkswagen Group's new North American Region, has stepped down, the company confirmed this morning.
Vahland held the position for just over two weeks, and no successor has been announced. Martin Horn, President and CEO of the Volkswagen brand in North America will remain.
Vahland's quick departure is more bad news for the VW Group, which is reeling from the admission it installed software-based "defeat devices" to fool emissions testing equipment on some of its TDI diesels.
A difference is strategy to tackle the spiraling scandal was cited as the reason for his exit.
The creation of North American Region was part of a recent restructuring intended to provide more autonomy—and responsibility—to the company's various global hubs, and is a key part of its strategy to redeem itself to authorities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
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