Tony Cervone is the new executive vice president of group communications for the Volkswagen Group of America. Cervone will immediately assume the new post and relocate to VW's U.S. headquarters in Herndon, Va. Cervone, 48 years old, is a former General Motors and Chrysler public relations chief.
At VW, Cervone will oversee corporate media relations, public relations, community partnerships and philanthropy. He will be a part of VW Group's executive management team and he will report to Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.
In a statement, Browning said that in his 24 years in automotive communications, Tony has “continually demonstrated communications leadership in this industry.”
Before joining VW, Cervone had served as the senior vice president for United Airlines. And before this, he served as the vice president of global communications strategy and operations at GM, where he had been a part of for 10 years.
Cervone left GM in February 2009, which is about four months before GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For 14 years, Cervone worked for Chrysler where at one point, he had served as vice president of communications.
A VW spokeswoman said that Jill Bratina, vice president of corporate communications and Volkswagen brand communications since December 2009, will leave the company.