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Since the departure of Stefan Jacoby, Volkswagen has been hunting for a new helmsman for its U.S. operations. Word is that VW have found that man. Jonathan Browning, a former managing executive for General Motors and Ford, is set to take over the position Jacoby vacated when taking the CEO spot at Volvo.
Browning initially joined the Volkswagen team in June to head the national sales effort for all 10 brands under the VAG umbrella. He began his career with General Motors back in 1981, working with Vauxhall and then moving on to manage GM Turkey. Browning eventually left the General for the Blue Oval where he was involved with marketing and served as managing director for (then Ford-owned) Jaguar from 1997 through 2001. GM got him back and he climbed its ladder, rising to the position of Head of Global Sales – a post he resigned from in 2009.

While Browning's appointment isn't official yet, Volkswagen will be holding an event tomorrow at 11 AM EST to announce its new U.S. CEO, so expect confirmation before noon on Monday.

[Source: Wall Street Journal - Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Have a big problem with one on Nj vw dealers want to write to the new CEO ! I will dig till I get his personal email address!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Jonathon Browning,

      Some variety please, and not just Toyota-esque sedans. Some practical designs too, you know, Touran, Sharan, Polo GTI, or the Eurovan California,,,,the knid you sell everywhere but here.

      Remember your base - we usually aren't buying Toyotas, and started buying your cars because they WEREN'T LIKE THEM - try and instill a little confidence with long-term VW owners that you won't push tepid designs that aren't practical or that aren't like your competition. Maybe even let people know that you hear our comments.

      You know, something unique like you sell everywhere else. Maybe even let people know that you hear our comments and concerns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VAG is Volkswagen Audi Group.

      Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Scania, Bentley, Lamborgini, and Bugatti, not sure if Ive missed somebody.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The AG stands for Aktiengesellschaft.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Id like to see Jonathon bring us some great VW cargo vans, it would create some excitement and is long overdue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have cargo vans ever created excitement before? Other than that one episode of CHiPs where the back door of the van opened and dumped cargo all over the road causing a 37 car pileup and several inexplicable jumps where the cars turned upside down and landed on other cars, and the guy on the moped landed in the back of the cargo van?

        I was thinking more along the "bring the scirocco over" ideas. But I guess I'd settle for cargo vans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Possibly VW and VOA will now initiate some customer service. View my VW experience at:
      http://reesphotos.com/VW/
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring the individual program over for VW, Scirocco, and the new R. Stop making customers upgrade cars themselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He'd better have his act together if VW is going to come anywhere close to tripling US sales to 1 million by 2018.

      Not that will ever happen, mind you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hate to be nosey, but, for comparisons sake only, how much does this position pay? I ask due to the new guy at GM with no car experence is getting $1.5 million plus $7.5 on the side his first year. Help the unknowing ratationalize or understand why the automotive boss's here make so much. Is it really that they,all CEO's, have the public buffaloed into thinking they deserve so much?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a long resume, but not really an impressive one. His stints at GM and Ford were during the bad years. May not have had any hand in that, but still.
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