Audi finally fires imprisoned CEO Rupert Stadler

 

Poor old Rupie Stadler from Audi: It’s no fun getting boned by the big boys, behind bars

 
 
 
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In an interesting twist on the concept of loyalty, Audi has officially boned former CEO Rupert Stadler. He’s been flicked from the big four-ringed gig and de-coupled from the boards of both monkey-spanking organisations.

You might remember, the board trusted him to run the company, but German prosecutors didn’t trust him not to tamper with evidence relating to the Dieselgate scandal - so he was remanded in custody back in June or July, pending further official investigation.

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It remains to be seem who is the more accurate judge of character - the board, or prosecutors. That could take some time to resolve. As I understand it, he is detained but no charges are preferred against him.

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He’s the sixth exec to be imprisoned following the scandal - which at its core is probably the most immoral thing a carmaker has ever done. Those arseholes took the calculated, conspiratorial decision at the highest level to kill people prematurely in exchange for additional profit.

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If you’ve ever wondered what dieselgate was about, that’s kind of it. Mr Stadler’s arrest a few months back briefly delayed the launch of the Audi e-Tron, which is French slang for ‘shit’ inconveniently. Hysterically. Obviously they thought that one right through. And France is just next door, #FFS

Volkswagen said:

“Mr. Stadler is [leaving] because, due to his ongoing pre-trial detention, he is unable to fulfill his duties as a member of the board of management and wishes to concentrate on his defense.”

Those cold-hearted Cherman bastards. Stadler had been in the top job since 2007, and before that he was the Volkswagen big cheese’s official bottom-wiper.

(They don’t do anything for themselves, at that level.)

It’s fair to say that Stadler was involved with e-Tron from the get-go. Audi of course currently operates under a temporary or ‘space saver’ CEO, Bran Schot. Love those Teutonic names. It makes me want to march, and take over the world.

Big Rupey is a man more accustomed to riding the gravy train to excess city than most. I mean he paid $20,000 for a senior executive beer-fuelled pat on the back party when Volkswagen denied his expenses claim for same in 2016.

I don’t know why they objected. The event had all the usual German senior executive management training hallmarks: Bavarian brass band, beer drinking competition. No high-class prostitutes bursting out of a cake, though. Disappointingly.

Anyway, it’s fair to say life is somewhat crappier now for the former Audi bigwig. Currently Mr Stadler exists in a state of legal limbo, adrift from the company he loved, languishing in German jail, up to his neck in e-tron...

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