Ex-VW CEO Mueller joins Piech EV startup as chairman

Matthias Mueller, the former CEO of Volkswagen Group, has been named chairman of Piech Automotive, an electric-car startup run by the son of former VW Group Chairman Ferdinand PIech.

Mueller is one of a number of high-profile figures involved in Piech Automotive, which was founded by Toni Piech and Rea Stark Rajcic, a Swiss designer and entrepreneur. They include the tech investor Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook.

Piech Automotive said in a news release that it had completed its first round of investment with Thiel’s involvement, but did not provide further details. It announced that a second round to raise capital to launch a production car would be managed in the coming months under the leadership of UBS.

Mueller was ousted by VW Group’s board, controlled by the Piech-Porsche clan, in April 2018 and replaced by Herbert Diess.

Mueller had taken the top job at VW after the automaker’s diesel cheating scandal. He was seen by insiders as a reluctant chief executive who had an uneasy relationship with the government of Lower Saxony, which is VW’s second-largest shareholder.

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