Volkswagen of America announced a change of leadership at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. Current top executive Christian Koch is returning to Germany to pursue his next assignment for the automaker.
Koch will be replaced by Antonio Pinto, current vice president of production and logistics in Volkswagen de Mexico, who will be executive vice president of operations in Chattanooga.
Under Koch’s helm, the facility launched the face-lifted Passat and underwent a US$ 900 million expansion to accommodate the addition of the seven-seat Atlas midsize SUV, which went on sale last May.
Pinto will take over responsibilities at the plant effective August 1 and report to Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen of America. He will also report to Andreas Hinrichs, the chief production officer for the Volkswagen North American region.
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 of Mexico and in 2014 moved to Volkswagen South Africa as the director of production where he spent three years before moving back to Volkswagen of Mexico where he has been serving as the vice president of production and logistics.