Volkswagen Group of America announced the appointment of Bernd Osterloh to its Board of Directors. Mr. Osterloh serves as Chairman of the Group Works Council of Volkswagen and in his role on the board of the VW Group of America, he will represent the automaker’s workforce, especially in the Chattanooga Plant in Tennessee.
“We are pleased that Mr. Osterloh has declared his willingness to play a concentrated role in shaping our US strategy in the future. He will represent the views of the workforce. This is in line with the codetermination culture of Volkswagen, which is one of our key success factors,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.
“It is important for us that our colleagues in the U.S. know that we also care about the production site and the employment in Chattanooga”, said Osterloh. “I am looking forward to my work on the Board. I am determined to uphold the interests of Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga. The North American market offers considerable opportunities; in my opinion, these have not been pursued with sufficient consistency in the past. With today’s decision to produce the midsize SUV in the USA, we are taking a key step.”
Volkswagen builds the North American-market Passat at Chattanooga, and news of Mr. Osterloh’s appointment to the VW of America board of directors coincided with the announcement by the automaker that it will build its upcoming midsize crossover at the plant.