Volkswagen appoints successor to Peter Hartz

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11 November 2005, WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - Volkswagen, Europe's biggest volume manufacturer of cars, appointed a successor Friday to its personnel chief Peter Hartz, who fell over allegations that labour leaders were plied with prostitutes to make them cooperative.

11 November 2005

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - Volkswagen, Europe's biggest volume manufacturer of cars, appointed a successor Friday to its personnel chief Peter Hartz, who fell over allegations that labour leaders were plied with prostitutes to make them cooperative.

The post will be taken over on December 1 by Horst Neumann, currently chief of personnel at Volkswagen's Audi division, the company announced as its supervisory board met in the city of Wolfsburg. He is to receive a five-year contract.

Hartz, who resigned in July and is being interviewed by prosecutors over the claims, became a national political figure and regular participant in TV talk shows in Germany after heading an inquiry that devised a plan to reform social welfare.

The completed reforms, in four acts of parliament, are still known to every German as the Hartz Reforms.

Since Hartz's departure, personnel affairs have been temporarily managed by Volkswagen chief executive Bernd Pischetsrieder.

Prosecutors have been studying since September whether Hartz was responsible for misappropriation of VW funds to pay for sex parties for members of the works council. There have been claims that he was aware of the practice and did not stop it.

DPA

Subject: German news

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