Volkswagen: Martin Winterkorn (CEO)
Why this was a big quit:
Under the leadership of Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen became the world’s top-selling automaker, a goal they expected to achieve in 2018. During his 8 years as CEO, Winterkorn steered Volkswagen towards doubling their sales, almost tripling their profits, and added a diverse line of automobiles to their collection, including the luxurious Porsche.
Why this is not as big as the top 10:
While Winterkorn was financially successful, there was too much of a link between him and the cheating emissions scandal affecting thousands of Volkswagens cars. With Volkswagen potentially facing up to $18 billion in penalties, he reluctantly gave into immense pressure to resign. Despite Winterkorn’s list of accomplishments, his legacy at Volkswagen will in the end, be polluted by this massive cover-up