The global marketing head of Volkswagen brand, Simon Thomas, will leave the post after about a year in the job. Thomas will be succeeded by Xavier Chardon, VW brand's European sales chief.
Thomas' other post -- marketing boss for all of VW Group -- will be taken over on an interim basis by the automaker's board member for sales and marketing, Christian Klingler.
"I resigned in June and await a date when I can leave the company," Thomas told Automotive News Europe on Friday. "I leave the company of my own wish after three very interesting years."
Thomas declined to elaborate on why he was leaving the automaker.
Thomas, 54, was a top executive at Nissan where he was head of European sales and marketing before he joined VW brand in 2011 as UK chief.
Thomas succeeded Juergen Stackmann last September as global head of marketing for VW passenger cars after Stackmann had become CEO of VW's Spanish unit, Seat.
An Englishman, Thomas began his automotive career as an apprentice technician in 1976 at a Ford dealership, later joining the Austin Rover Group.
His successor, Chardon, 42, started his career with Citroen Italy in 1994. He was Citroen's general manager in France before he joined VW brand in 2009 as head of sales for Europe.
Wolf-Stefan Specht, 45, succeeds Chardon as VW brand's head of sales for Europe. Specht joined VW in 2001 and is currently the automaker's head of sales for India and the Far East. Chardon and Sprect start their new jobs on Sept. 1.