announced in early December that the group's former head of R&D,
Ulrich Hackenberg, had left the company more than two months
after he was suspended during the firm's diesel emissions
Eichhorn, 54, joined the company from Ford and led research at
the group from 2000 to 2003 before he took over responsibility
for technical development at the luxury Bentley unit. He left
the group in 2012 to take up a senior position at the German
automobile industry association.
VW said in a statement that the number of top managers reporting
to the CEO would almost be halved. Wolfram Thomas, who has been
with the group for 35 years, takes over as production chief.
(Writing by David Stamp; Editing by Christoph Steitz)
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