VW names Vazin successor to Cervone as U.S. communications chief

Scott Vazin joined VW in March 2011 after 15 years with Nissan.

Volkswagen Group of America said today that it promoted Scott Vazin to executive vice president of group communications, effective on June 1.

Vazin, 47, succeeds Tony Cervone, who left the company to take a job as senior vice president of global communications at General Motors last month.

Vazin was vice president and chief communications officer at VW of America. His new position consolidates his previous job responsibilities with Cervone’s.

“It’s an exciting new challenge,” Vazin said in an interview today.

He will continue to report to group CEO Michael Horn.

“Scott brings a wealth of automotive and leadership experience, and will continue to contribute to the strategic and operational oversight of our group and brand communications,” Horn said in a statement today.

Vazin joined Volkswagen in March 2011. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with Nissan, where he had several communications roles. He began his career in the auto industry at Mitsubishi of America in 1990.

Cervone joined GM for the second time. He previously left GM in early 2009 after a decade-long tenure with the company to work at UAL Corp., the former parent company of United Airlines.

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