Scott Keogh, head of Audi of America, was named president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America as well as head of the Volkswagen brand for the North American region. Keogh, who joined Audi in 2006, will succeed Hinrich J. Woebcken, who led the successful transformation of Volkswagen in North America. Woebcken will remain with the company as an adviser. Keogh’s successor as president of Audi of America is Mark Del Rosso, president & CEO of Bentley Motors, Inc., Americas, and former chief operating officer of Audi of America. Scott Keogh and Hinrich J. Woebcken are to take up their new positions effective November 1, 2018 and Mark Del Rosso effective December 1, 2018.
Hinrich J. Woebcken
Scott Keogh, 49, a native of Old Brookville, New York, and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, joined Audi in 2006 as chief marketing officer, where he led the brand to record awareness and brand strength. In 2012, he was appointed president and helped the brand achieve record customer and dealer satisfaction and doubled sales from 2010 to 2015. Previously, Keogh worked for 12 years at Mercedes-Benz USA.
Hinrich J. Woebcken, 58, and an industrial engineer by training, was named CEO of the newly created North America region of the Volkswagen brand in January 2016 and then president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. He began his career with Krauss-Maffei in 1985. After holding positions in sales and marketing, he became managing director responsible for sales, marketing and after-sales with Dürr AG in 1997, before joining BMW as head of technical purchasing in 2004. Before joining Volkswagen, he was BMW’s senior vice president, driving dynamics, and a member of the board of Knorr-Bremse AG. He will continue to be available to the company in the North American region as senior executive strategy adviser.
“Hinrich J. Woebcken has brought the Volkswagen brand back on track for success in the US and the North American Region. Considering the challenging conditions these achievements deserve my dedicated recognition,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. “After the successful comeback of the Volkswagen brand Scott Keogh, who led Audi to excellence in the US, will build upon the momentum and implement the next stage in the growth strategy as we continue to develop Volkswagen into a more relevant player in North America.“
Mark Del Rosso
Mark Del Rosso, 54, is a US citizen, graduate of USC, and an experienced marketing and sales executive with extensive expertise in the premium sector. He started his career with Toyota Motor Sales in 1991, holding various senior corporate and regional positions throughout the US for Lexus and Toyota. In 2008, he became executive vice president, COO of Audi of America and was appointed president & CEO of Bentley Motors, Inc., Americas in 2017.
SOURCE: Volkswagen Group