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Martin Winterkorn

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Martin Winterkorn

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Born: 24 May 1947

Former chairman of Volkswagen.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Martin Winterkorn page on 11 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Martin Winterkorn is a former chairman of the board of management (CEO, Vorstandsvorsitzender in German) of Volkswagen AG, the parent company of the Volkswagen Group, and former chairman of the supervisory board of Audi and the board of management of Porsche Automobil Holding SE.

He succeeded Bernd Pischetsrieder as CEO of Volkswagen AG in 2007. Prior to that, he had been the chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi AG.

Winterkorn resigned from Volkswagen on 23 September 2015, several days after an emissions cheating scandal was revealed that concerned the company's diesel cars. He resigned as chairman of Audi on 11 November 2015, after further information associated with the scandal was revealed in regard to VW's gasoline-powered engines.

Winterkorn was on the board of supervisors for German football club Bayern München from 22 February 2003 until 18 December 2018. Winterkorn was credited for the successful partnership between Audi and Bayern.

Winterkorn was criminally indicted over the emissions cheating scandal in the USA on May 3, 2018 on charges of fraud and conspiracy. In April 2019 he was criminally indicted on charges of fraud in Germany.


DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
14 March 2018
filing date
United States of America v. Richard Dorenkamp, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Jens Hadler, Bernd Gottweis, Jürgen Peter, and Martin Winterkorn
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

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17 November 2006Martin Winterkorn zum neuen VW-Chef gekürt Wikinews
4 December 2006Rupert Stadler wird Nachfolger von Martin Winterkorn bei Audi Wikinews
24 September 2015Volkswagen CEO resigns after emissions scandalWikinews
24 September 2015Volkswagen Chief Resigns Over Pollution Cheat VOA News
28 September 2015Ex-VW Boss Winterkorn Investigated for FraudVOA News
3 May 2018Ex-Volkswagen Boss Indicted in Emissions ScandalVOA News
3 May 2018Former CEO of Volkswagen AG Charged With Conspiracy And Wire Fraud In Diesel Emissions Scandal U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan
14 March 2019SEC Charges Volkswagen, Former CEO With Defrauding Bond Investors During "Clean Diesel" Emissions FraudSecurities & Exchange Commission

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