Herbert Diess will no longer be the CEO of the VW Group. That was announced on Friday. Diess, who has been head of VW since 2018, shared a post on LinkedIn on the same day.

VW announced last Friday that Herbert Diess will step down as CEO on September 1st. Even the current CEO himself spoke up that day – in his very own way. Diess said goodbye with a post on LinkedIn – for the summer holidays.

“Happy holidays!” he wrote at the beginning of his post. After a “very stressful first half of the year”, many of his VW colleagues are now looking forward to “well-deserved” company holidays. He also creates a holiday atmosphere with a photo that he uploads to the article: It shows how the ex-CEO, casually dressed in a checked jacket and jeans, laughingly gets out of a VW with US license plates – more precisely the ID. BUZZ, an electric bus that will not be delivered until autumn. It is probably an advertising photo; At the bottom of the picture you can still see a kind of advertising mark.

However, Diess not only used his probably last post as VW boss to send happy holiday greetings, but also to take stock. In the first half of the year, the group would have had to contend with major challenges such as the Ukraine war, Covid-19 and the lack of semiconductors.

On the other hand, VW would have had success. Among other things, he emphasizes the high demand for VW electric vehicles in China, Europe and the USA as well as product launches such as the ID.BUZZ. Diess also thanks his colleagues for their commitment.

The 63-year-old does not mention the fact that from September 1st he will no longer be at the controls, but rather Porsche boss Oliver Blume. Diess, who remains active as a consultant in the company for the time being, says goodbye to the top of the group with a kind of digital postcard: “Enjoy the holidays – we are in good shape for the second half of the year.”