Volkswagen Group of America on Tuesday named Don Jackson as president of its planned Chattanooga production facility.
Mr. Jackson, most recently vice president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Texas, will report directly to plant chief executive Frank Fischer and be the top American at the plant.
He also will be senior adviser for manufacturing to the company’s board.
In Texas, Mr. Jackson’s responsibilities included manufacturing and quality departments. His position is effective Oct. 1.
“Don’s background in manufacturing and quality make him the ideal individual to join our leadership team in Chattanooga,” Mr. Fischer said. “His experience in starting operations in Kentucky and Texas will prove invaluable to the start-up of our facility, and we welcome him to the Volkswagen family.”
The plant is expected to open by early 2011 and produce 150,000 vehicles a year.
Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said the Chattanooga plant is well positioned for success.
“Their leadership will extend beyond the facility,” he said. “As new residents in Chattanooga, they also will be active in the community. “
Mr. Jackson’s previous experience includes 16 years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky operations.