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VW Taps Tesla Manager to Head Electrification in North America

April 03, 2018

Volkswagen has hired Matthew Renna as its vice president over the development of its electrified vehicle architecture. Renna formerly served as program manager for Tesla's Model S and Model X vehicles.

Renna will overseethe North American Region-G4 (NAR-G4) team, where he will oversee development of the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) line — Volkswagen's modular system for manufacturing electric vehicles.

Volkswagen's Matthew Renna
Volkswagen's Matthew Renna

Renna's responsibilities will include product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch, and risk management throughout the entire MEB product line life cycles.

Renna has worked at Tesla since 2013, where he has held roles with increased responsibility. He led product improvements on the AutoPilot and autonomous vehicle programs.

Renna has also held technical, engineering, and leadership responsibilities at Porsche Motorsport North America and Honda Performance Development.

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