Scott Keogh takes over as AUDI US President

Audi US has announced change of guard at the helm. Scott Keogh will be the new company President and will assume office with immediate effect. Keogh, 43, has been Chief Marketing Officer of Audi America for the past six years and is adept with all company matters. He will be based in the United States and takes the place of longtime Audi President Johan de Nysschen who left the company earlier this month to assume a plum position in Japanese luxury brand Infiniti.

Keogh’s appointment was announced yesterday evening and he will take over his responsibilities immediately. Keogh has seen Audi through various market situations including Super Bowl commercials, Le Mans Truth in 24 documentaries and other Audi forays into social media. He is a strong supporter of diesel technology and has supported the reintroduction of the Audi RS Line in the US.

Audi America has seen sales of 117,561 units during 2011 and it will be continued pressure on Keogh to ensure that the company reaches their preset target of selling 200,000 units by 2018. Besides this Keogh also has to lead Audi through their new venture of building vehicle in North America for the first time.

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Scott Keogh Named Audi of America President

HERNDON, VA, Jun 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Audi will build on its record-setting performance in the U.S. market with a new President to lead Audi of America.

Scott Keogh will assume the top leadership role for Audi brand activities across the U.S. effective immediately. Keogh comes into the job with experience of six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Audi of America. In that position, he led all product planning for the U.S. market in addition to award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns that helped Audi of America achieve record levels of consumer awareness and consideration.

A strong advocate for Audi performance and efficiency engineering, Keogh helped steer the introduction of Audi TDI clean diesel technology to the U.S. market by positioning it as a social cause rather than a mere engine variant. He developed the strategy to re-introduce RS performance models, including the new RS 5 coupe coming to dealerships this year, to the American premium sports car segment. Keogh also advocated for the return this year of the iconic Audi allroad, as part of a strategy that has resulted in 14 new Audi model launches for American consumers since 2006.

Among the Audi brand accomplishments led by Keogh — each with its own portion of risk and unconventional thinking for the segment — have been early awareness-building exercises such as the Truth in 24 documentaries about the Audi dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race; bold Super Bowl advertising; a significant push into social media; and integration of Audi into blockbuster Hollywood productions, such as the Iron Man movie series.

The Audi brand has established sales records over the past 17 consecutive months, culminating in an all-time annual record of 117,561 premium performance models sold nationwide in 2011. That topped the previous annual sales record of 101,629 Audi vehicles sold in the U.S. market just one year earlier.

“We see exceptional growth opportunity in the U.S. market as we continue moving toward our goal of positioning Audi as the leading luxury automotive brand in the world by 2020,” said Rupert Stadler, AUDI AG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Gains in the U.S. are truly a strategic pillar for the brand and we are confident that the leadership provided by Scott Keogh will continue the momentum at Audi of America.”

Audi of America has shown momentum across its businesses. Consumer awareness and consideration are at an all-time high level thanks to Audi of America marketing and media activities. Audi Parts and Accessories sales reached record levels in 2011, and are poised to eclipse those results in 2012. Audi Certified pre-owned sales achieved record numbers in 2011, as well. The 278 Audi dealer partners in the U.S. are seeing record returns on sales on average, and the brand demonstrated solid profitability in the U.S. last year.

“Audi has demonstrated remarkable progress in recent years,” Keogh said today at Audi of America headquarters in Herndon. “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.”

As the next Audi of America President, Keogh replaces Johan de Nysschen who led the organization over the past 7 1/2 years in an Audi career that spanned nearly 20 years.