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Jun 25, 2018

Herndon, VA — (June 25, 2018) Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today announced the appointment of Amanda Plecas as Manager of Communications for Volkswagen Chattanooga. In this role, Plecas will lead external and internal communications for the factory and will report into the Volkswagen of America communications department.

Previous to this role, Plecas managed the team and led creative services for the Chattanooga based Waterhouse Public Relations Agency. Prior to Waterhouse, Plecas was the Communications and Government Relations Manager for Wacker Polysilicon North America. Outside of Volkswagen, Amanda will continue her work as a part-time faculty member at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she teaches public relations writing and crisis communication courses.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Amanda to the team,” said Pietro Zollino, EVP Communications of Volkswagen Group of America Inc. “Amanda’s extensive experience and background make her the ideal choice to lead the communications initiatives of the Chattanooga plant.”

A Chattanooga native, Plecas graduated from Leadership Chattanooga and earned a Master’s Degree in rhetoric and composition and an undergraduate degree in writing from the University of Tennessee. Plecas also holds an Accreditation in Public Relations, is a certified Public Information Officer and certified in Organizational Compliance/Ethics. Plecas’s success in strategic communications was recognized by PR News in 2016, where she was a top-five global finalist for Corporate PR Professional of the Year.

Plecas can be contacted at:



About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.