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Volkswagen Group of America Overview

Herndon, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
Volkswagen
1955
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Manufacturing
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Volkswagen Group of America is the US sales arm of Volkswagen AG (VW), Europe's largest automaker. The company sells Volkswagen and AUDI cars through about 800 dealerships in the US. Volkswagen Group of America also handles other VW brands, including Bentley ... Read more

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    Volkswagen's U.S. CEO gives you a sneak peek at its American-made SUV

    Next year, Volkswagen of America will begin offering its first American-built sport utility vehicle, an all-new midsize model aimed at families needing a stylish three-row hauler. Hinrich Woebcken, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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Volkswagen Group of America – Why Work For Us?


Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., Volkswagen Group of America brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 990-strong dealer network.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group operates in more than 62 production plants in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Around the world, more than 400,000 employees produce about 30,000 vehicles that are sold in 153 countries. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc.

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Our work represents the juncture of automotive technology, design and business. Our global presence allows us to offer international career opportunities. We believe that strong global partnerships and the exchange of ideas build better outcomes.

We also believe that the powerful principles of diversity and inclusion help us create an environment where each person feels respected and appreciated. This enables us to develop a workplace where employees can realize their full potential and individually and collectively do our best work. In doing so, we can better achieve its full potential too, because Diversity and Inclusion promotes superior business performance and a competitive advantage.

Fostering a culture of development and inclusion supports our corporate vision of creating an environment of achievement, excitement, trust and teamwork.

It also makes Volkswagen Group of America a great place to work.


Hinrich J. Woebcken

CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Hinrich J. Woebcken is the CEO of the North American region for the Volkswagen brand, where he oversees all activities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. He is also President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGOA); the U.S. operations of a worldwide family brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Woebcken assumed both positions in April 2016. Prior to joining Volkswagen AG in January 2016, Woebcken worked for 30 years in the automotive industry for Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs. He spent more than 10 years with the BMW Group where he held senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Driving Dynamics. Additionally, Woebcken was a Member of the Executive Board and CEO Commercial Vehicle Systems Division at Knorr Bremse AG and has held various management positions with Krauss-Maffei AG and Dürr AG.

A native of Germany, Woebcken earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Applied Science, Rosenheim Germany, in 1985.

Scott Keogh

President, Audi of America, Inc.

Scott Keogh is President of Audi of America and heads all U.S. activities of the company as it continues to achieve unprecedented levels of sales growth, customer consideration, brand esteem and dealer-network development. Scott Keogh is President of Audi of America, Inc. since June 2012. He heads all U.S. activities of the company as it continues to achieve unprecedented levels of  sales growth, customer consideration, brand esteem and dealer-network development. A veteran of Audi of America since 2006, Keogh has led the brand  to continual new monthly sales records.

He has overseen strategic forays into new vehicle segments in the American market and crucial product launches that have significantly broadened the Audi product line in the United States. Keogh has helped forge new marketing relationships for the brand. And he has made priorities of sharpening the Audi dealer network and of promoting the vast improvements in Audi product quality.

Keogh stepped into the top management position after serving as Chief Marketing Officer for six years, moving seamlessly into the broader responsibilities of a CEO and rallying the company’s internal and external constituencies to focus on Audi goals for further expansion in the U.S. market.

The 46-year-old Keogh is a native of Old Brookville, New York. He currently lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and two young children.



In The Community

Volkswagen Group of America has been part of American culture since the first Beetle arrived more than six decades ago. Since that time, we have grown into a family of iconic brands that includes Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini. Across those brands, more Americans are buying our vehicles today than at any other point in our history, and our financial arm, VW Credit, Inc., is providing new financing to record numbers of American consumers.

As a family of brands and businesses, Volkswagen Group of America is unified by much more than our dedication to building great cars. We are unified by a shared mission and commitment to putting our engineering expertise, innovation and vision to work for the greater good, to help improve our communities and solve the sustainability challenges of the future.

Corporate giving and involvement in our communities is deeply rooted in our culture, and we believe that vibrant public-private partnerships are critical to a strong, sustainable economic future. In 2013 alone, Volkswagen Group of America donated nearly $10 million in funding and in-kind donations to organizations across the country, and we’ve continued our commitment of more than $7 million to support education programs in Tennessee and Virginia.

Partners in Education

The strength of any community in the future depends on how well we educate our young people today. That’s why our flagship Partners in Education program is so near and dear to the hearts of everyone at Volkswagen Group of America. We’re not just preparing students for America’s future workforce. We’re helping them realize their full potential.

Launched in September 2008, Partners in Education is designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next-generation automotive engineering. Our programs help students from kindergarten through high school, and even at the college and post-graduate level.  

Partners in Education: Virginia

Partners in Education began with a five-year, $2.1 million initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area.

Together, we’re making a positive difference in the educational experience of students at Fairfax County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, The Excel Institute, George Mason University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. 

Partners in Education: Tennessee

In March 2009, we initiated a $5.28 million Partners in Education expansion in Tennessee, home of our new assembly plant. With this expansion, we can help support students and teachers throughout the state — at Chattanooga State Community College, Fisk University, Hamilton County Public Schools, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

Community Partners

At Volkswagen Group of America, we are proud to be at home and at work in the United States. We take being a good corporate citizen very seriously, and pledge to do everything we can to invest in and give back to the community. And we know that being a good neighbor is simply the American way.

Our people do remarkable work, within our facilities and beyond. We encourage them to take time to give back through our Volunteer Day program, which provides paid time off to get involved in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service and relief efforts.

Our employees bring the passion and energy that makes our organization so successful to their individual volunteering efforts, and we are proud of everything they’ve accomplished to make our world a better place.

Philanthropy Across the Group

We believe corporate social responsibility is a collective effort, involving every aspect of our business, including each individual brand. Among our brands and locations across America, we make philanthropy a priority by promoting employee volunteerism, making financial and in-kind contributions, and partnering with employees to support causes they personally care about. Across the United States, our employees participate in numerous volunteer and philanthropic efforts in their communities. From the Portland Service Center’s support of The Lambert House and Auburn Hill’s volunteering at Grace Centers of Hope to the ERL’s participation in Bike MS and Herndon’s commitment to the Boys and Girls Club, philanthropy and service is an intrinsic part of who we are as a company.

Employee Engagement

We are only as good as our people!

We believe involved, inspired and energized employees are the hands, heart and soul of the company, enabling us to grow and thrive while meeting constant challenges in the marketplace. 

Volkswagen employees from the Network Development team donned blue t-shirts rather than traditional painter’s whites for their volunteer day. Back Row: Bryan Connor, Mike DiStefano, Brian Kelly, Alan Veit, Marcus Brodfuehrer, Erik Peterson and Mike Dwyer. Front Row: Bob Kim, Katja Hungarter, Rachel Whitwell, Danielle Piesco, Erik Louderback and Scott Harrison.

Our Volunteer Day program provides paid time off for any of our employees who take active, volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service or relief efforts.

At Volkswagen Group of America we are future-oriented in our approach to the challenges we face in our communities and in our world. 

Thanks to the volunteers’ time and careful attention to detail, kids who use the Falls Church Boys & Girls Club should find it easier to concentrate in rooms with calmer, brighter walls.

At all of our Volkswagen Group locations around the world, our responsibilities don’t end at the door to our showrooms, plants or research labs. We actively invest our time, talent and financial resources in education, diversity, health, sports, the arts and the environment.

We believe in connecting with our customers, our communities and the environment. We believe by sharing and by teaching, we learn. This helps us create a better product — for our customers now and in the future. 

At the Volkswagen Credit Inc.’s National Field Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, more than 130 employees from Sales, Marketing, Risk, Finance and HR built bicycles for children. A group of underprivileged children from the local Gila River Indian Community was on-site to receive the newly constructed bicycles at the end of the day.

Volkswagen employees from the Network Development team donned blue t-shirts rather than traditional painter’s whites for their volunteer day. Back Row: Bryan Connor, Mike DiStefano, Brian Kelly, Alan Veit, Marcus Brodfuehrer, Erik Peterson and Mike Dwyer. Front Row: Bob Kim, Katja Hungarter, Rachel Whitwell, Danielle Piesco, Erik Louderback and Scott Harrison.

Though hard numbers don’t tell the real story of lives touched, our team members give back in big ways and small.

Employee Giving

Matching Donations Program

Giving back to our communities and supporting individual philanthropic causes is an integral part of the Volkswagen Group of America culture. Our matching donations program allows our employees’ financial contributions to go even further. Volkswagen Group of America will match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee per year designated to the organization of their choice. In 2013, employees donated more than $145,000 to close to 400 charities across the country.

Volunteer Day Program

Our people do remarkable work, within our facilities and beyond. We encourage them to take time to give back through our Volunteer Day program, which provides paid time off to get involved in community programs, as well as state and national charitable, service and relief efforts. Our employees bring the passion and energy that makes our organization so successful to their individual volunteering efforts, and we are proud of everything they’ve accomplished to make our world a better place


Becoming a Leader in Diversity and Inclusion



At Volkswagen Group of America, our goal is to be recognized as a top company for diversity and inclusion practices. Part of our diversity effort involves partnering with organizations such as the National Urban League and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion supports our overall goal to become one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in America by 2018, as well as a Top 50 Company for Diversity. Volkswagen Group of America has already received multiple awards and recognition for our efforts, including:

  • First automotive company to sign the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s “15% Formula for Success,” committing to improve the percentage of majority ownership that ethnic minorities have in new car dealerships.

  • 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the past six years.

  • Impact Award from Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council for 2012 Corporation of the Year.

  • 2012 National Association of Minority Automobile Dealer’s Woman of the Year: Machelle Williams, general manager of Diversity and CSR, Volkswagen Group of America.

  • Established a robust Supplier Diversity program and achieved the 10 percent target for inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in our supplier network.

  • 52 percent of corporate giving in 2012 was designated to organizations that benefit underserved communities.


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    Lots of opportunities for anyone that has ambition. Hard work, focus, and passion for detail really pays off.

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    Some knee jerk reactions in management and lack of communication can be frustrating.

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    This page should be run by a strong leader that requires those under him/her to do things the way they have laid out. There are too many people with different methods. And everyone tries thing their own way. Diversity is good but someone needs to be the decision maker and hold everyone to it. This needs to happen from CEO down.

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    several questions about your skills and about the job it self. It was not hard but a bit intimidating as there were several people in the room and I was the only one being interviewed.

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  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2008

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