Leadership transition at Volkswagen Chattanooga
Jun 15, 2017
Antonio Pinto to Join Chattanooga Factory August 1
Chattanooga, Tenn. (June 15, 2017) — Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations announced today that Christian Koch has completed his assignment as the head of the Chattanooga operations and will return to Germany to pursue his next assignment with the Company.
During his tenure, the Chattanooga factory launched a facelifted Passat and underwent a $900 million expansion to accommodate the addition of the seven-seat Atlas midsize SUV, which went on sale this past May.
Effective August 1, 2017, Antonio Pinto will take over responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Chattanooga Operations. Mr. Pinto will report to Hinrich J. Woebcken, President & CEO Volkswagen of America. He will also report to Andreas Hinrichs the Chief Production Officer for the Volkswagen North American Region (NAR).
Mr. Pinto has over 30 years of production experience. He joined the Volkswagen Group in 1994, as the head of assembly for Volkswagen Autoeuropa. He spent two years in Volkswagen de Mexico and in 2014 moved to Volkswagen South Africa as the Director of Production where he spent three years before moving back to Volkswagen de Mexico where he has been serving as the VP of Production and Logistics.
About Volkswagen Chattanooga
The Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Volkswagen Chattanooga) manufacturing facility began production in April 2011 and currently builds the all-new Passat sedan, specifically designed for the North American market and winner of the 2012 Motor Trend Magazine Car of the Year award. In July of 2014, it was announced that Volkswagen Chattanooga would build a new midsize sport utility vehicle, the Volkswagen Atlas, which went on sale in May of 2017. Volkswagen Chattanooga currently employs 3200 team members. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first car factory worldwide with a LEED Platinum certification. It is also certified to international standards for energy management (ISO 50001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and quality management (ISO 9001).
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