VW shuffles Chattanooga management
Now that its Chattanooga assembly plant is up and running, Volkswagen Group of America is bringing in local managers to replace the international team that launched the factory.
In addition, Don Jackson has stepped down as president of manufacturing. Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America's Chattanooga operations, will handle Jackson's responsibilities until a replacement is brought in.
In a statement, Jackson noted that he was departing after overseeing the launch of four assembly plants. He joined VW at the age of 52 in 2008 from Toyota Motor Corp., where he had most recently managed the automaker's new truck plant in San Antonio.
Meanwhile, VW has reassigned more than 30 foreign managers who helped launch the Chattanooga plant and has replaced them with local talent. The changes took effect July 1.
The group includes Lothar Grensemann, general manager of the Chattanooga plant's paint shop, who is transferring to a VW facility in Emden, Germany. He has been replaced by Dean Parker.
Fernando Ribiero, general manager for controlling, has taken a new assignment in Mexico. He has been replaced by Tom Miller.
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