Johan de Nysschen is leaving his job as Volkswagen Group’s North American COO, saying he has “done everything I have set out to do here.”
De Nysschen, 62, who beforehand labored for Audi, Infiniti and Cadillac, framed his departure from VW as a retirement from the auto trade after a three-decade profession, indicating that he plans to remain at his new residence in Tennessee and “truly relax.”
“It’s time for me to step aside and let others who are more than capable to lead the way,” de Nysschen stated in an interview with Wards Auto printed Thursday. “I’ve done everything I have set out to do here, but you are never truly ‘done.’ There’s always the next thing in any job.”
A Volkswagen of America spokesman confirmed to Automotive News 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 stated.
De Nysschen stated he advised Volkswagen Group of America CEO Pablo Di Si of his plans to retire again in July, when Di Si succeeded Scott Keogh.
De Nysschen advised Wards he and his spouse intend to remain within the residence they’re renovating in Chattanooga, Tenn., the place they moved final yr to be close to the corporate’s U.S. plant. He stated he desires to assist out in the neighborhood and get entangled with native universities’ engineering packages.
“It’s beautiful here, there are many lakes and trees, and we can truly relax,” he advised 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 autos and strengthened the corporate’s relations with sellers.
He moved to VW after General Motors fired him as president of the Cadillac model. In his 4 years working 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 News All-Star in 2020.