Johan de Nysschen is leaving his job as Volkswagen Group’s North American COO, saying he has “achieved all the things I’ve got down to do right here.”
De Nysschen, 62, who beforehand labored for Audi, Infiniti and Cadillac, framed his departure from VW as a retirement from the auto business after a three-decade profession, indicating that he plans to remain at his new dwelling in Tennessee and “actually chill out.”
“It is time for me to step apart and let others who’re greater than succesful to paved the way,” de Nysschen mentioned in an interview with Wards Auto revealed Thursday. “I’ve achieved all the things I’ve got down to do right here, however you’re by no means actually ‘achieved.’ There’s all the time the subsequent factor in any job.”
A Volkswagen of America spokesman confirmed to Automotive Information that de Nysschen had voluntarily stepped down.
De Nysschen’s job, which the corporate created for him in 2019, will probably be eradicated as a part of a management restructuring, the spokesman mentioned.
De Nysschen mentioned he informed Volkswagen Group of America CEO Pablo Di Si of his plans to retire again in July, when Di Si succeeded Scott Keogh.
De Nysschen informed Wards he and his spouse intend to remain within the dwelling they’re renovating in Chattanooga, Tenn., the place they moved final 12 months to be close to the corporate’s U.S. plant. He mentioned he desires to assist out locally and get entangled with native universities’ engineering packages.
“It is stunning right here, there are lots of lakes and bushes, and we are able to actually chill out,” he informed Wards.
De Nysschen, a local of South Africa recognized to be outspoken and quick-witted, helped Volkswagen enhance the standard of its North American-made automobiles and strengthened the corporate’s relations with sellers.
He moved to VW after Common Motors fired him as president of the Cadillac model. In his 4 years operating Cadillac, de Nysschen irritated some sellers with sweeping plans to overtake the model and its retail community. He additionally relocated the model’s headquarters to New York — a transfer GM reversed after ousting him.
De Nysschen was named an Automotive Information All-Star in 2020.