For the last three years, Thomas Meiers has been the Senior Vice President at Volkswagen charged with overseeing the company’s monitorship with the United States Department of Justice following the diesel emissions scandal. In this conversation with Ethisphere expert Leslie Benton, he goes into detail about how the company approached its relationship with the Monitor, and what concrete steps he believes have led to the success of the monitorship and Volkswagen’s efforts to rebuild its culture.

Meiers has also written an article about the monitorship, which you can read here.


Since February 2017, Dr. Thomas Meiers, LL.M. (Chicago), has headed the Central Coordination Monitor department as Senior Vice President at Volkswagen Group. His department coordinates all global activities related to the mandates of Larry D. Thompson as Independent Compliance Monitor and Independent Compliance Auditor, which are part of the settlement agreements with the US Department of Justice. In previous leadership roles within the Volkswagen Group, Thomas headed Corporate Strategy at Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. in Turin, Italy, and Compliance at MAN Truck & Bus AG in Munich, Germany. Prior to this he held several positions in the legal department of GE Healthcare and worked at the law firm Freshfields.

Leslie Benton is a Vice President at Ethisphere, where she engages with global companies on assessing and benchmarking anti-corruption programs and building capabilities across organizations and with third parties. Additionally, she leads the anti-corruption initiatives at the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org); and is one of the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems Standard drafters as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO committee developing ISO 37001. She is a former Senior Vice President of Levick Strategic Communications, where she led the anti-corruption and compliance communications practice. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Director for the U.S. chapter of Transparency International, where she spearheaded the chapter’s outreach to the U.S. Government, international institutions, and the private sector.