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HERNDON, VA —Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that it has named Jim Gill as head of Product and Technology Public Relations communications.
In this position, Gill is responsible for being the primary print, broadcast and digital media contact for Volkswagen brand and technology information and communications. In addition, he will serve on the public relations and event management teams, with a primary objective of bolstering awareness of Volkswagen in automotive, business and general interest media sectors.
Gill, a long-time proponent of Electronic Stability Control and Active Safety technology in general, joins Volkswagen from automotive supplier Continental, where he was responsible for the company’s corporate, product and media relations, internal communications, public affairs and corporate events.
Prior to joining Continental, Gill was Media and Marketing Communications manager for Nissan and was a member of the communications strategy team that launched the first Altima and Nissan’s re-entry to the family sedan market. Previously, Gill was a vice president in Hill and Knowlton’s Japanese Business Division where he developed and executed programs for Mazda. This included communication strategies for Mazda’s manufacturing plant, including its Grand Opening and Job One programs, as well as new product introductions. He began his career with General Motors where he held positions of increasing responsibility in employee and product communications.
Gill also currently serves as vice president communications for the Boy Scouts Clinton Valley Chapter and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Arthur Page Society.
Gill has been honored with several professional awards, twice receiving the New York Auto Show Safety Symposium Community Service Award, as well as an IABC Excellence in Communications award and an APRC award for Excellence in Trade Media Relations.
Gill holds a B.S. in History and Political Science from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from Boston University.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently announced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment on all its 2009 vehicles. As a result, Volkswagen is one of the only original equipment manufacturers to offer an electronic stability control system on their entire product line – ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) deadline requiring vehicles in the 2012 model year to include stability control systems. Volkswagen’s ESP technology works to help correct oversteer and understeer and helps reduce loss of control and rollovers to avoid crashes. NHTSA predicts nearly 10,000 lives could be saved each year if automakers included stability systems as standard equipment.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Va. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, Tiguan and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.