Cian O’Brien has been appointed director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV).

The Irishman has spent the past few years at Audi USA, serving as executive vice-president, COO and interim CEO.

The outgoing director at VWCV, Carl zu Dohna, left last week to take on the role of chief commercial officer at Volkswagen Financial Services.

O’Brien said: “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 [electric van] 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.”