HB FRANKFURT. Opel chief Hans Demant was replaced by consistent media reports: The European head of Opel’s parent company General Motors, Nick Reilly, himself takes the reins at Opel in the hand. It is still unclear whether diamond, the company completely or leave only the top position of the Opel / Areas bosses.
The company itself declined to comment on the report and spoke of personal speculation. A member of the Opel Supervisory Board, said the news agency, DAPD, he did not deny the message. Reilly wants, according to Opel works council chief Klaus Franz, 15 January after a board meeting in Rüsselsheim introduce its new leadership team.
"There will be a team that can get started right away and address the issues of our ambitious agenda with full force," said Reilly himself in a blog post on Friday: "It will be a good mix of people involved in the Opel/Vauxhall- organization are very familiar, and can bring in other new, innovative views and approaches. "
Demant had stood since 2004 at the head of Opel. During his time as manager but he worked mostly in the shadow of longtime GM Europe chief Carl-Peter Forster, Opel represented much more to the outside. Also during the months of tug-at Opel’s rescue in the past year and the sales process, ultimately failed was adamant mostly in the background.
Meanwhile, Nick Reilly, the employees of the auto maker attuned to hard cuts. The company now must quickly reduce its capacity, said Reilly on Friday in a blog on the Internet. To employees profound changes were coming. "This is a harsh reality." Across Europe, car manufacturers want to eliminate up to 9,000 jobs, a large part of them in Germany.
Reilly himself would move from Asia to Germany and replace Hans Demant, it says in faz.net on Friday. Demant since 2004 stands at the head of the Rüsselsheim automaker. That he will lead the new company is no longer expected, was known as early as November. Reilly had previously headed the European business from Shanghai, the Opel-Mutter GM.
Support during the rebuilding of Opel him to a new management team. Works council chief Klaus Franz had said Thursday that the Opel’s supervisory board next week Friday (15.1 am.) Are presenting new management. Previously, Reilly will attend the Auto Show in Detroit. The new management is to achieve progress Opel also in the design and quality of the cars, said Reilly. Opel would imagine 2010, seven new products.