Updated at 3pm to note that Al Jaber will be replacing Akbar Al Baker.
Less than four months after being shuffled out of cabinet, former government minister Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is reportedly poised to take a new job.
Reuters, citing an unnamed source, says that Qatar’s former minister of information and communications technology will be nominated to represent the Gulf state on the board of German automaker Volkswagen.
The appointment would come as the beleaguered company faces pressure to restructure following an emissions scandal.
The country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority, is one of Volkswagen’s largest shareholders and is estimated to own 13 percent of Volkswagen’s preferred shares and 17 percent in its ordinary stock, according to Bloomberg.
Al-Jaber became the third female government minister in Qatar’s history when she was named Minister of Communication and Information Technology by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in his first cabinet appointments after becoming Emir in 2013.
She holds a PhD in computer science from The George Washington University, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Al Jaber left cabinet in late January when her ministry was merged with the Ministry of Transport as part of a wider government consolidation push.
Al Jaber’s appointment deals as Volkswagen tries to recover from one of the worst scandals in the company’s history.
Last year, the German firm admitted that millions of its vehicles were equipped with software that cheated emission tests.
The news drove down the company’s share prices, which caused Qatar to lose billions of dollars on paper.
Earlier this year, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that Qatar would strongly back a reform package at Volkswagen that would lead to job losses and plant closures.