Audi interim chief Abraham "Bram" Schot
The acting CEO of the automaker Audi, Abraham Schot, wants to remain Audi CEO. "In the long term, I would be ready as an Audi boss and would like to have a great time," he said in an interview with manager magazin. It was "up to the board to decide that," he added.
More: The complete Schot interview can be found at manager magazin premium.
Schot was appointed Interim Chief of the Ingolstadt-based automaker on 19 June, shortly after his predecessor Rupert Stadler was arrested for fraud allegations in the diesel affair. A direct contact with Stadler, who continues to be in custody, "does not exist," said Schot in the conversation.
So far, ex-BMW purchasing director Markus Duesmann was considered the preferred candidate of Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess for the post of Audi chief. At the end of July, the VW Supervisory Board declared that Duesmann wanted to offer a position on the Executive Board – in what capacity, but it was still unclear.
Because it is not clear when Duesmann can start a job in the Volkswagen Group. The 49-year-old had told his previous employer BMW that he would not renew his contract. However, this will only expire at the end of September 2019. Thereafter, a one-year ban applies for switching to a competitor.
According to information from manager magazin BMW wants to make full use of the deadlines at Duesmann. If the Volkswagen Group and BMW do not agree on shorter deadlines for Duesmann, BMW's ex-executive buyers could take over the head of Audi's stock market chart at the earliest in two years.
Until then, Schot is in charge. As Acting Director, he does the same as a CEO appointed for several years. "The Supervisory Board has not imposed any restrictions on me, I'm pushing hard, I'm making short-term, mid-term, long-term decisions," said Schot.
From his coworkers, whether from the basis or from executives, he receives a "very positive" feedback. "They do not make me feel like I'm being seen as an interim solution," Schot said.
Why the diesel engine at Audi continues to have a future, how Bram Schot felt about his appointment as Audi CEO and how he characterizes his leadership style, read in the full interview on manager magazin premium.