Volkswagen to replace Christian Senger as head of its software division

Volkswagen plans on replacing the head of its software development, reported German newspaper Handelsblatt. The development comes at a time when the German automaker is wrestling with the transition to electric vehicles.

According to the report, Christian Senger, a former BMW manager who runs the recently founded Car.Software.Org unit, will be replaced.

The development follows clashes with VW as well as software-related concerns with the recent ID.3 and Golf 8 vehicles.

Incidentally, Senger was part of a network of external managers VW’s Chief Executive Herbert Diess had brought in to reform the company.

Senger, who had previously worked on BMW’s i3 electric car, helped Volkswagen make its MEB electric car platform – a key pillar of its revival in the wake of a 2015 diesel cheating scandal.

The software post is one of the most important in the development of new-generation electric vehicles, which are far more reliant on computer power than the combustion engine that have been Volkswagen’s mainstay.

Volkswagen declined to comment on the report.

Senger will also be leaving his post as a member of the board of Volksagen’s core VW brand, said the report.

VW’s CEO Herbert Diess was hoping he would stay with the company.

The company’s powerful staff council, led by Bernd Osterloh, has forced out cost-cutters at the company in the past. Case in point: Wolfgang Bernhard, a former VW brand chief and Bernd Pischetsrieder, a former head of the Volkswagen Group, quit following clashes with labor leaders.

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