Tesla approached present Volkswagen Group boss Dr. Herbert Diess about approaching as CEO in 2015, when Diess was transitioning from BMW. Diess is a long-time admirer of (and early investor in) the California-based EV builder.
In accordance with Business Insider (German), Elon Musk himself had an employment contract drawn up and able to go for the would-be VW CEO as he was making ready to depart as head of product growth at BMW. This was a yr after Daimler offered its inventory in Tesla and two years after VW board members had thought of buying Tesla outright. Diess has not but commented on the choice being made public.
Relatively than transfer to America to move up Tesla, Diess remained in Europe. He joined the VW AG board in July, 2015, and was named head of the Volkswagen automobile model simply months earlier than the Dieselgate emissions dishonest scandal turned public. He was was appointed Chairman of the VW Board of Administration in April, 2018.