Herndon, VA — (October 5, 2018) Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) today announced the appointment of Dr. Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner as Chief Engineering Officer for Volkswagen’s North American Region. In this role, Dr. Demmelbauer-Ebner will oversee all product and development engineering in the North American Region. He will report to Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
“A key part of Volkswagen’s TRANSFORM 2025+ strategic plan relies on the major regions globally taking more responsibility for developing products custom tailored to their local markets,” said Woebcken. “Our North American Region engineering group will be essential in helping to reach our goals, and with Wolfgang we have someone on board with extensive experience in engineering world-class automotive products.”
The North American Region’s engineering division includes multiple facilities across the United States and Mexico, including the North American Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) in Chattanooga, TN, and the Design Center California (DCC) in Santa Monica, CA. Part of their mission is to generate unique Volkswagen brand products based on feedback from customers and dealers in Mexico, Canada and the United States.
“I am excited to take on the challenge of growing the engineering footprint of Volkswagen’s North American Region, building on the outstanding work of Matthias Erb,” said Dr. Demmelbauer-Ebner. “With models such as the upcoming Volkswagen Atlas five-seater, we have more opportunities to demonstrate how Volkswagen engineering can draw on the worldwide best automotive engineering resources while satisfying the specific needs of North American owners.”
Prior to joining Volkswagen Group of America, Dr. Demmelbauer-Ebner completed various international assignments at Volkswagen, Audi and Seat. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Vienna.
Dr. Demmelbauer-Ebner replaces Dr. Matthias Erb, who was named to head Volkswagen’s Holistic User Experience division at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.