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Scott Keogh Named New Audi of America Chief

Replaces long-time boss De Nysschen.

by on Jun.21, 2012

Luxury segment veteran Scott Keogh will be Audi's new president, replacing Johan De Nysschen.

Audi of America has a new president, current marketing chief Scott Keogh taking the reins after the recent, surprise departure of the maker’s long-time U.S. boss Johan De Nysschen.

The 43-year-old Keogh steps in at a good time for the automaker which has posted 17 consecutive months of record sales, reaching an all-time high in the U.S. market last year.  But the new Audi of America president will have to now prove he can maintain that momentum – and position Audi to meet a target set by his predecessor of nearly doubling sales by 2016.

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“Audi has demonstrated remarkable progress in recent years,” said Keogh from Audi’s U.S. headquarters in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Herndon, Virginia. “There is much work to be done in a highly competitive segment of the auto business. But the sights are set and the team is in place to meet our goals.”

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Farewell Audi, De Nysschen Heading to Infiniti

Will run global luxury operations as they move to Hong Kong.

by on Jun.04, 2012

New Infiniti global boss Johan De Nysschen, shown here celebrating word the 2010 Audi A3 had been named Green Car of the Year.

Having abruptly handed in his resignation to Audi, the maker’s former U.S. marketing chief will be heading over to Hong Kong, there to take the reins at Nissan’s new global headquarters for the Infiniti division.

The unexpected announcement last week accompanied a series of shake-ups across the Volkswagen upper management ranks – leading some to speculate that De Nysschen was unceremoniously pushed aside despite his enviable track record.  After years of lagging in the second tier among luxury players in the American market, Audi has recently been setting one record after another, with plans to double volumes before the decade is out.

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But Infiniti has its own ambitious goals and in his new post De Nysschen will be handling things on a global scale.  Earlier this year Nissan dropped word that it would put further distance between its mainstream operations and the luxury brand by moving Infiniti to Hong Kong.

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