A new CEO for Volkswagen Chattanooga was announced on Thursday.

A press release from VW says Frank Fischer introduced Tom du Plessis to all Chattanooga employees at a team meeting.

The release says Frank Fischer, who led Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations from 2008-2014, assumed the role of CEO again this year when the position was vacated due to an assignment transfer in May.

Tom du Plessis previously was head of production at SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd., formerly known as Shanghai Volkswagen. He joined the Volkswagen Group in 2008 as the head of production for the company’s Uitenhage plant in South Africa. Prior to joining Volkswagen, Tom had an extensive career in the motor industry both at the manufacturer and supplier level.

 “Although I am new here, I already have a positive feeling about this factory,” said Tom to employees. “I feel confident about what’s ahead of us, and grateful to the team for the support and hospitality they have shown me today. I’m looking forward to becoming a Chattanoogan and delighted to be part of Volkswagen’s exciting future here.”

During his previous assignment at SAIC Volkswagen, Tom managed 43 successful launches, one of which was Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle in China. He was responsible for nine factories including the development of three new plants, one engine plant and one battery assembly plant.

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