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VW's star hire risks 'lame-duck' status

Efforts to placate workers could undermine Herbert Diess; labour leader says he has lost trust in management

BUMPY RIDE: Mr Diess, a former BMW AG executive and one of Volkswagen's most high-profile hires in years, will help draft the brand's strategy objectives, which could end up being sidelined by the union talks.


VOLKSWAGEN AG's efforts to placate unsettled workers risk undermining Herbert Diess, the executive appointed last year to overhaul the carmaker's namesake brand.

In an agreement meant to quell a conflict with labour leader Bernd Osterloh, who last week said he lost trust...

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