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Cian O’Brien named new director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Cian O’Brien has been appointed as director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, moving from his current role at Audi of America.

Cian O’Brien, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Effective 1 July, O’Brien takes over from Carl zu Dohna, who left the brand last week after five years to take on the role of chief commercial officer at Volkswagen Financial Services.

O’Brien will join Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles from his current role as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Audi of America; a role he has held since May 2017.

He previously spent two years as Audi UK’s head of sales and was also interim Audi brand director. He was also director of SEAT Ireland from 2012 to 2014.

O’Brien commented: “Having worked in three different markets and in a range of roles spanning fleet, aftersales, product, used cars and sales, I’m ready to immerse myself in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and looking forward to leading the brand through an exciting time.

“Not only is the world in a unique place right now, but we are also on the cusp of launching the all-new Caddy, our first electric vehicles and adding the ID. Buzz to our range. We have a fantastic heritage, and a fantastic future to look forward to, supported by a strong network of Van Centres and our Working With You promise.”

Volkswagen Group UK managing director Alex Smith added: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Cian back to the UK. His broad experience will be an asset to the team, and as a former Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, I know it’s a great place to be! I’d also like to thank Carl for his tremendous contribution over the last five years, and taking the brand from strength to strength.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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