Johan de Nysschen has resigned as the president of Audi of America effective immediately. De Nysschen, 52, was with the brand for almost 20 years. De Nysschen didn’t say what he would do next. The confirmation was given by Audi spokesman Bradley Stertz. COO Mark Del Rosso will serve as interim president.
De Nysschen said via an e-mail that the journey has been “amazing and incredibly fulfilling” as well as having had numerous challenges. He also wrote about the “many special people” that he has met and worked with while working for the brand. He said that the past two decades have been the “best years” of his life and that he believes that Audi’s best years have yet to come.
Stertz said that De Nysschen's leaving is not related to reports of a management shakeup at Volkswagen AG, Audi's parent. Stertz said that De Nysschen was faced with an “attractive” opportunity. He clarified that this was a decision that De Nysschen made freely.
Stertz claimed not to know where de Nysschen is moving to. De Nysschen was the president of Audi of America for seven years, pushing the brand to widen its market share of the luxury segment to 9.5% in 2011 from 5.3% in 2004. Audi said that its U.S. sales in May increased by 10% to 11,503 units -- the best May that the company has ever had.