Volkswagen appoints new chief of North American operations

Dr. Winfried Vahland was appointed president and CEO of Volkswagen's North American region starting November 1 2015
photo In this 2014 file photo, Winfried Vahland delivers a speech at the Volkswagen Group Gala, as part of the Paris Auto Show, in Paris.

Volkswagen, as part of strategy to decentralize company activities, has named Dr. Winfried Vahland to take over all responsibility for its new North American Region.

VW is combining its activities in the United States, Mexico and Canada into the newly formed region.

The aim is to have the ability to react better to customer demands and tastes in the future, according to the German automaker.

Vahland recently led VW's Chinese region and the group's Skoda brand. He will take over his new role on Nov. 1 as the exact structure of the region is developed. But, he will be responsible for all group activities in the region, according to VW.