Volkswagen Group Canada appoints its President - Managing Director

    AJAX, ON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Volkswagen Group Canada, a newly created
corporate entity comprising the businesses of Volkswagen Canada and Audi
Canada that became effective January 1st 2008, announced today the nomination
of John White as President and Managing Director.
    Detlef Wittig of Volkswagen AG, Head of Worldwide Group Sales and
Marketing, made the announcement at the Canadian corporate headquarters in
Ajax, ON, in front of employees and dignitaries that were present for the
    Having first joined the Volkswagen organization in 1993, John White has
been in the automotive industry for 30 years and possesses extensive
automotive experience at the retail, wholesale, and financial service areas of
the business. Since January 2005, White has been Executive Vice President at
Volkswagen Canada Inc, a position that he will continue to hold in addition to
his new responsibilities as President and Managing Director of Volkswagen
Group Canada.
    John, who is originally from Montreal, QC, is fluent in English and
French, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University. He
effectively becomes the first Canadian-born President of the Volkswagen
organization in Canada since it was formed in 1952.
    Upon his nomination, John White said: "I am excited to take on this
opportunity to lead an organization that is well positioned to capitalize on
its strong brand presence that will enable us to achieve sustained growth in
the Canadian marketplace."

    Volkswagen Group Canada is a subsidiary of VOLKSWAGEN AG.

For further information:

For further information: Patrick Saint-Pierre, (905) 428-5858,; Cort Nielsen, (905) 428-5820,

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