FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for the annual general meeting of FC Bayern Munich soccer club in Munich, Germany. The club said Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 that Winterkorn stood down as FC Bayern Muenchen AG supervisory board member at Monday's board meeting. He had informed supervisory board chairman Uli Hoeneß of the decision earlier. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

December 18, 2018 - 7:07 am

MUNICH (AP) — German soccer champion Bayern Munich says former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left its supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal.

The club said the 71-year-old Winterkorn stood down on Monday after nearly 16 years as a member. It said Tuesday that Winterkorn, as former CEO of Volkswagen unit Audi, initiated Audi's partnership with Bayern and its acquisition in 2010 of an 8.33 percent stake in the club.

Bayern president and supervisory board chairman Uli Hoeness said Winterkorn had "enormous importance for FC Bayern's development in the last 16 years."

Winterkorn resigned as VW CEO in 2015 after Volkswagen was caught using illegal software to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests.

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