Volkswagen will name former General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. sales and marketing executive Jonathan Browning to head its U.S. operations, reports said Sunday.
Browning, 51, would succeed Stefan Jacoby, who left Volkswagen of America in June and last month became CEO of Volvo Car Corp.
VW issued a press release Sunday evening saying it would announce its new CEO for the U.S. unit in Washington on Monday. VW did not reveal the name of the new boss.
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the move, said Browing would get the job. Reuters also reported the appointment, citing an unnamed company source.
Success in the United States, the world's second-largest market after China, is a crucial part of VW's plans to topple Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's largest automaker before the end of the decade.
By 2018, VW of America wants to increase U.S. sales of VW and Audi brand cars to 1 million units. In 2009, VW of America sold 297,537 vehicles. VW wants global sales to rise to 10 million by 2018, up from 6.29 million vehicles last year.
Browning joined VW in June as head of the 10-brand group's national sales companies.
He resigned as head of GM's global sales, service and marketing in the summer of 2009 and left the company in October “to pursue other interests," GM said at the time.
He was also chairman of GM-owned Vauxhall Motors Ltd. and vice president of sales, marketing and aftersales for GM Europe.
While he headed European sales, GM launched its Chevrolet brand across the continent.
Browning, an Englishman, joined GM in 1981, working for Vauxhall, and later became managing director of GM Turkey. From 1997 to 2001, he was Ford Motor Co.'s head of European marketing and then managing director of Jaguar Cars Ltd.