Tony Cervone, a former General Motors and Chrysler public relations chief, has been appointed executive vice president of group communications for the Volkswagen Group of America.
Cervone, 48, will oversee corporate media relations, public relations, community partnerships and philanthropy. He will serve on VW Group's executive management team and report to Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.
"In his 24 years in automotive communications, Tony has continually demonstrated communications leadership in this industry. I believe he will be a critical member of the team and will help drive the aggressive growth goals we are facing," Browning said in a statement.
Cervone was most recently senior vice president for United Airlines.
Before joining United, he was vice president of global communications strategy and operations at GM, where he worked for 10 years. Cervone left the job in February 2009 -- about four months before GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
He was also vice president of communications for the Chrysler Group, where he held various jobs for 14 years
Cervone will assume the new post immediately and relocate to VW's U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Va.
Jill Bratina, vice president of corporate communications and Volkswagen brand communications since December 2009, will be leaving the company, a spokeswoman said.