VW shifts leadership in North America

Keogh to move to newly created Scout

Contributed photo by Volkswagen / Pablo Di Si, left, has been named as Volkswagen Group of America's chief executive. He will replace Scott Keogh, who has been chosen as president and CEO of Volkswagen's newly created Scout company.

Volkswagen is changing gears in the United States. Its chief executive will head the automaker's new Scout company, and his replacement will come from South America.

Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh, who has overseen the Chattanooga plant's expansion to soon produce an electric SUV, is moving to the newly created post of president and CEO of VW's recently established Scout, officials said Tuesday.

Scout will launch all-electric pickups and rugged SUVs in the U.S. market, according to VW.

Pablo Di Si, executive chairman of Volkswagen's South American Region, will take Keogh's former position as president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America and chief of Volkswagen's North American Region, according to the company that employs more than 4,000 people at its Chattanooga assembly plant.

The company said the leadership changes are designed to accelerate Volkswagen Group's global growth strategy in America with a portfolio of more than 25 electric vehicle models by 2030.