Volkswagen Group of America has announced Pablo Di Si as the new president and CEO of Autos Drive America (ADA), the leading trade association that represents 12 international automakers in the United States.
Pablo Di Si, president and CEO ADA, said: “International automakers are critical to the US economy. Companies like ours are embracing the nation’s transition to electric vehicles by investing billions of dollars in strengthening domestic assembly and supply chains and creating thousands of new jobs for American people.
“As chairman of Autos Drive America, I’ll be a vocal advocate for international automakers in the United States and make sure our voice is heard.”
Di Si underlined that future growth of international automakers in the United States will drive innovation and job opportunities for Americans but depend on policies that support open trade and benefit all car manufacturers in the marketplace.
Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has a near 70-year history in the United States. Its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV is being assembled, represents investments of more than $4 billion and employs 4,000 Americans directly.
VWGoA sells its cars through a network of more than 1,000 independent dealers and their approx. 20,000 employees. The company is driving innovation and cutting-edge research in several hubs across the US, in places like Belmont, CA, and Knoxville, TN. Volkswagen Group brands plan to offer more than 25 new all-electric models in the United States through 2030.
Jennifer Safavian, president and CEO of Autos Drive America, said: “As we begin a new year and usher in a new Congress, Autos Drive America is fortunate to have Pablo Di Si’s energetic leadership at the helm of our Board of Directors.
“Our members produce some of the most forward-thinking and innovative vehicles on the market and are leading the charge on vehicle electrification.
“Pablo’s drive and vision will help us continue to tell our members’ stories and shape our reputation as the nation’s leading advocate for international automakers and their workforce in the US.”