BERLIN -- Volkswagen Group's top leadership is meeting Tuesday to discuss a management shuffle, reports said.
VW Group CEO Herbert Diess is likely to remain at the helm of the automaker despite tensions with labor bosses over his management style but there will be a bigger role for Ralf Brandstaetter, CEO of Volkswagen's namesake brand, German media reports said.
Brandstaetter is expected be appointed to VW Group's management board, where he will take over responsibility for the mass-market brand group from Diess. The mass-market group includes the VW, Skoda and Seat brands.
The board seat would give Brandstaetter equal status to Audi CEO Markus Duesmann and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, who are both board members, Handelsblatt reported.
The meeting of the executive committee of VW Group's supervisory board on Tuesday evening will be attended by the automaker's labor boss Daniela Cavallo, and by Wolfgang Porsche and Hans Michel Piech, who represent VW Group's major shareholder, the Porsche-Piech clan.
The eight-person committee will meet discuss the future of Diess. A decision on his future could depend on whether he agrees to change his management style, sources told Reuters.
Some details of the changes have already been agreed but further discussion will be necessary to reach a final compromise, the sources said.
A resolution will likely come as part of a package including the announcement of new board members, details on job prospects for employees, and investment plans for the group.
VW Group's supervisory board is due to meet on Dec. 9 to approve the automaker's latest five-year investment plan.
"It looks as though the threads are coming together," one of the sources said on Monday.
Diess and union representatives have clashed in recent weeks over his management style and the company's ambitious electrification strategy, after the CEO warned at a meeting in October that 30,000 jobs could be lost if the process was not managed well.
Diess last year ceded responsibility for the VW brand to Brandstaetter after weeks of squabbling between labor leaders and managers over the pace and scale of cost-cutting plans.
VW declined to comment on the potential changes. Porsche SE, the holding company for the Porsche-Piech family's 53 percent stake in VW Group, also declined to comment.
Reuters contributed to this report