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Audi CEO Markus Duesmann will start in April 2020, report says

Duesmann will bring engine development expertise from BMW to his new position at Audi.

We're betting Markus Duesmann's engine development experience will pay dividends in his new role as Audi's CEO.

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Audi's been working hard for the last few years to distance itself from the Dieselgate scandal that rocked the automotive industry. Of course, having its CEO Rupert Stadler arrested and detained didn't help matters either, so the brand went on a hunt for a new leader.

It found one last October in the form of Markus Duesmann, an engine development expert who at the time was working for BMW. Unfortunately for Duesmann, it's taken this long to get BMW's board of directors to drop its protest of his new appointment, but now it's been confirmed that he'll take over for Bram Schot in April 2020, according to an article published Saturday by Reuters.

Duesmann isn't the first prominent BMW executive to get headhunted by the VW group either. The sharp among you will remember that VW boss Herbert Diess came over from the Bavarian automaker a few years ago to fill disgraced CEO Martin Winterkorn's shoes.

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