VW confirms Peter Bosch as new Cariad software chief

Peter Bosch, production chief at Bentley, will become CEO of Volkswagen Group’s software unit Cariad on June 1, taking over from Dirk Hilgenberg.

Bosch will also assume responsibility for finance, purchasing and IT, VW said on Monday in a statement.

Bosch is a former Oliver Wyman consultant who spent nearly seven years at the VW brand before moving to Bentley in 2017.

“He is a strategist, an enabler and a team player,” VW Group CEO Oliver Blume said of Bosch in the statement.

Two further software experts will join the board alongside Bosch, VW said. Rainer Zugehoer will remain as chief people officer, in charge of human resources.

VW is in talks with Hilgenberg and his team about new roles within the automaker, Blume said.

The changes came as VW underwent a strategic review of Cariad, which Blume said involved “stepping up the pace and broadening our approach to partnerships.”

Blume ordered a review of every facet of the automaker after taking over from former leader Herbert Diess last september, who set up Cariad but failed to put it on solid footing.

Cariad has been dogged by delays and overspending, with a new software platform intended to enable “Level 4” autonomous driving, due to be implemented across the fleet from 2026, pushed back to the end of the decade, sources have said.

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