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Volkswagen appoints former Tesla manager to North America EV role

Volkswagen of America has announced the appointment of Matthew Renna as Vice President of its North American Region (NAR)-G4, where he will manage the team behind the company’s modular manufacturing system for electric vehicles.

In this role, he will be responsible for product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch and risk management throughout the system’s product line life cycles.

Renna joins Volkswagen from Tesla Motors, where he most recently served as program manager for the company’s Model S and Model X vehicles. At Tesla, Renna led key product improvements on the company’s Autopilot and autonomous vehicle programmes.

He has previously held technical, engineering and leadership responsibilities at Porsche Motorsport North America and Honda Performance Development.

Renna holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical & Materials Engineering from the University of California at Irvine.

“Matt brings an outstanding combination of financial acumen, engineering depth and product program management– all within the electric vehicle space,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the VW North American Region.

“His experience and leadership will be a tremendous asset as we strengthen our electric vehicle position in North America and we are excited to welcome him to Volkswagen.”