FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group's outgoing compliance chief, Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt will receive a payout of up to 15 million euros ($16 million), German press reports said.
VW said last week that Hohmann-Dennhardt, who was hired to help resolve the automaker's emissions scandal, was leaving the automaker by mutual agreement due to differences over her responsibilities. The company did not mention whether Hohmann-Dennhardt would receive compensation for leaving before the end of her contract.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said Hohmann-Dennhardt's payout could be up to 15 million euros and in any case would be above 12 million euros. In addition, she is due a pension of 8,000 euros a month, the paper said, citing informed sources.
In comments made to the Suedeutsche Zeitung, Hohmann-Dennhardt said was receiving what was owed to her in her contract, without referring to a specific sum. Her contract was due to run until the end of 2018. The payout will be more than 12 million euros, the paper said, citing VW sources.
Hohmann-Dennhardt, 66, a former senior German judge, was recruited by VW from Daimler 13 months ago as head of integrity and legal affairs.
She clashed with Manfred Doess, VW's legal affairs head, according to German reports. Doess is a close ally of the Porsche-Piech families, which hold the largest stake in VW. Doess and VW's procurement chief, Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, led the negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice that resulted in a $4.3 billion settlement earlier this month.
VW's top management is eager to draw a line under the automaker's diesel crisis and blocked Hohmann-Dennhardt's efforts to shed greater light on how the scandal unfolded, according to reports.
Hohmann-Dennhardt's payout covers compensation for the duration of her three-year VW contract, reports said,along with payments owing from her time at Daimler, which VW promised to cover when it recruited her from its rival.