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Integrity exec hired in wake of diesel scandal leaves VW

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo Volkswagen board member for ‘Integrity and Legal Affairs' Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt attends the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Hohmann-Dennhardt is to leave the VW management board by mutual agreement effective Jan. 31, 2017. VW said Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 in a press release that VW and Hohmann-Dennhardt are parting due to differences in their understanding of responsibilities and future operating structures within the function she leads. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo Volkswagen board member for ‘Integrity and Legal Affairs' Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt attends the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. Hohmann-Dennhardt is to leave the VW management board by mutual agreement effective Jan. 31, 2017. VW said Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 in a press release that VW and Hohmann-Dennhardt are parting due to differences in their understanding of responsibilities and future operating structures within the function she leads. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

An executive brought in to strengthen legal compliance in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions scandal has left the company.

A Volkswagen news release said that Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt was leaving "due to differences in their understanding of responsibilities and future operating structures within the function she leads."

It said she was leaving "by mutual agreement" effective Jan. 31.

A former senior judge, Hohmann-Dennhardt joined Volkswagen as head of integrity and legal affairs from Daimler AG on Jan. 1, 2016. The company thanked her for achieving "important milestones" including the company's settlement of civil and criminal litigation in the U.S. over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests, and for revamping internal guidelines and procedures.

Hohmann-Dennhardt is being replaced by Hiltrud Werner, until now head of group auditing.