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VW hires ex-GM sales boss Browning

Douglas A. Bolduc

Automotive News Europe -- June 4, 2010 15:00 CET

MUNICH – Former General Motors Co. global sales boss Jonathan Browning has joined Volkswagen AG as global head of the 10-brand group’s national sales companies.

“The Volkswagen Group has recruited an excellent sales and marketing expert in Jonathan Browning, who will bring outstanding international experience to directing the national sales companies,” VW Group sales and marketing chief Christian Klingler said in a statement Friday. “Directing our sales companies is becoming enormously important in the light of internationalization and market dynamics. It is therefore a central pillar in the realignment of our Group sales and marketing organization.”

Browning, who will be based in Wolfsburg and report to Klingler, started the new job June 1.

Browning resigned as head of GM's global sales, service and marketing last summer and left the company October 1, 2009, “to pursue other interests," GM said in a statement at the time.

Browning, 50, started as vice president for global sales, service and marketing in June 2008. Before that, he was chairman of GM-owned Vauxhall Motors Ltd. and vice president of sales, marketing and aftersales for GM Europe.

While he headed European sales, GM launched its Chevrolet brand across the continent.

Browning, an Englishman, joined GM in 1981, working for Vauxhall, and later became managing director of GM Turkey. From 1997 to 2001, he was Ford Motor Co.'s head of European marketing and then managing director of Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100604/ANE/100609927/1193#ixzz0ptRlqTfO

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