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VW Taps Porsche’s Team-Playing Blume to Amp Up Tesla Chase

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  • VW insider has built stakeholder backing over years at company
Oliver Blume.
Oliver Blume.Photographer: Andreas Gebert/Bloomberg
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Volkswagen AG has turned to an insider adept at rallying teams on the factory floor and the soccer field to try to salve wounds that festered under the turbulent leadership of Herbert Diess.

For Oliver Blume, the Porsche boss who’s taking over from Diess as VW chief executive officer, smoothing over relations with labor unions and other key stakeholders is crucial for the company’s push into electric vehicles and other new technology.