Johan De Nysschen, CEO of Audi's North American operations, has announced that he is leaving the company after nearly 20 years with the brand. According to Forbes, De Nysschen said the following in an e-mail to dealers and colleagues:

"These have truly been the best years of my life, and I know the best years for Audi still lie ahead. It is a magnificent company, a magnificent brand and I shall watch the continued progress of the four rings with interest and envy."

Audi has yet to issue an official statement on the matter, but a spokesperson from the company has confirmed the news. "He is moving to another job, we believe it's in the industry," Brad Stertz, Public Relations Manager for Corporate Communications, told Autoblog this afternoon. De Nysschen has been at the helm of Audi NA for over seven years, presiding over tremendous growth.

Autoblog has also learned that Mark Del Rosso, presently the company's COO in charge of its sales/dealership network, will be taking over in the interim.

Recent rumors have suggested that a sizable shakeup is coming in the Volkswagen Group's upper ranks across the globe, but de Nysschen's departure is said to be unrelated.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Mike Albacoro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Infiniti is trying to make moves...maybe they hired him
      • 2 Years Ago
      His mentality is german style and we are not like the germans. Audi North American dealers have a reputation of screwing the customer. I've driven Acura's for 15 years for primary functional transportation and they (Acura dealerships) bend over backwards to take care of their customers. I'm on my third Audi in 10 years and each and every time I buy one and have to deal with them I ask myself is this car really worth it. It may be - but consumers that continue to ask themselves that question is the where the problem lies. This falls in his court and maybe his replacement will be pro America and understand our market needs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think he was the weak link in Audi's post 2000 renascence. For instance; I live in Canada's biggest city, and the flagship dealerships of the 3 Germans are situated right near each other. While the MB has the 3-prong star rotating towering the city, and BMW has a tower with their full-lineup occupying the window frame in the top floors...AUDI'S DEALERSHIP IS COVERED UP BY BUSHES AND NOBODY CAN SEE IT OR EVEN FIND HOW TO GET TO IT. He has failed to change the public perception of what the Audi brand is post 2000 and Rupert Stadler is right on letting him go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He did a decent job of growing the brand during his tenure, but the US is still Audi's weakest market by far. They sell half as many cars here as their primary competitors, whereas they are the best-selling luxury marque in China and Europe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking on the bright side, maybe the new guy will allow us to buy the cars we want, instead of the watered down choice we have now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good riddance! Now bring back the A4 and A6 Avant and give us RS models!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bet he's headed to Suzuki
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is def more to it than meets the eye at Audi of America. Heard their CFO is also leaving. Looks like a bigger reshuffle.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is actually our best hope of getting RS's again.