“Volkswagen is a better organization today than it was three years ago,” said Mr. Thompson. “It will require continued vigilance, but the structures and processes in place and the commitments at all levels of the company, along with the oversight of the Supervisory Board, can make Volkswagen a long-term and sustainable ethics, integrity and compliance success.”
Hiltrud D. Werner, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG for Integrity and Legal Affairs, said: “Mr. Thompson has been integral to the company’s transformation. His independent, unbiased, outside view of our company helped create the systems and processes that allowed us to grow as an organization. The lessons we learned from overcoming the diesel emissions crisis will guide all our actions as we continue to promote an open and honest culture of integrity and compliance. We deeply appreciate the hard work of Mr. Thompson and his team. I also want to thank the hundreds of employees across the Volkswagen Group and its subsidiaries, not only in integrity, compliance risk management and legal affairs but also in vehicle development, human resources and far beyond, for their constructive cooperation and tireless support over the past three years”
Mr. Thompson also served as Independence Compliance Auditor and issued his third and final audit report in June 2020. That report found no new violations of the relevant settlements with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ, the California Attorney General, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.