Audi USA Moves Quickly to Fill Leadership Gap
The German automaker looked not to a product guy but a marketing executive when it made the announcement that Scott Keogh will assume the top leadership role for Audi brand activities across the U.S. effective immediately.
He replaces Johan de Nysschen who was with Audi for 19 years. During his tenure he served in executive positions in South Africa, Japan and most recently as President of the brand's American operations. He announced his resignation at the end of May before quickly announcing he was appointed as senior vice president of Nissan Motor Company in charge of the Infiniti division effective July 1.
Keogh comes into the job with experience of six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Audi of America. In that position, he led all product planning for the U.S. market in addition to award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns that helped Audi of America achieve record levels of consumer awareness and consideration.
A strong advocate for Audi performance and efficiency engineering, Keogh helped steer the introduction of Audi TDI clean diesel technology to the U.S. market by positioning it as a social cause rather than a mere engine variant. He developed the strategy to re-introduce RS performance models, including the new RS 5 coupe coming to dealerships this year, to the American premium sports car segment.
Keogh also advocated for the return this year of the iconic Audi allroad, as part of a strategy that has resulted in 14 new Audi model launches for American consumers since 2006. (TorqueNews is traveling to Colorado next week to drive the new Audi allroad.)