Former Tesla Manager Joins VW of America’s EV Team


Volkswagen of America Inc. (VWoA) has appointed Matthew (Matt) Renna vice president for Volkswagen North American Region (NAR)-G4, effective April 16.

In this role, Renna will be responsible for managing the NAR-G4 team and steering objectives for the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) line, Volkswagen’s modular system for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs). His responsibilities will include product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch and risk management throughout the entire MEB product line life cycles.

Renna most recently served at Tesla Motors, where, starting in 2013, he held several roles with increased responsibilities. He most recently served as program manager for Model S and Model X. Renna has also held technical, engineering and leadership responsibilities at Porsche Motorsport North America and Honda Performance Development.

“Matt brings an outstanding combination of financial acumen, engineering depth and product program management – all within the electric vehicle space,” says Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the VW North American Region. “His experience and leadership will be a tremendous asset as we strengthen our electric vehicle position in North America, and we are excited to welcome him to Volkswagen.”

Renna holds a bachelor of science in mechanical and materials engineering from the University of California at Irvine. He succeeds Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, who has left the organization to pursue other career opportunities.

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