Officials with Volkswagen Chattanooga are continuing to hire for the third-shift team and have assigned new responsibilities in management in an effort to promote international networking and develop local talent.

Dr. Detlev Hoge was chosen to become the new director of manufacturing for the local plant. Until he assumes his new role Oct. 1, Hoge will continue in his current role as head of production planning in the plant in Emden, Germany, where he is responsible for manufacturing and plant infrastructure. Hoge has been working at Volkswagen since 1987 and holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.

James Blagg will also assume new responsibilities as the new general manager and head of body shop at the Chattanooga plant Aug. 1, after the current head, Michael Steinke, returns to Germany.

“I look forward to working with the newly assigned management team members. Having worked with Detlev in Germany and JD in Chattanooga, I know they will further strengthen our management team,” Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, said. “I thank Michael for his support in Chattanooga and wish him a successful return to our headquarters.”


Hans-Herbert Jagla, executive vice president for human resources, said combining the talents of both German and American colleagues has been a key to the company’s success.

“Today’s announcement further strengthens those ties and also shows that our internal talent development and succession planning purposes are working well,” Jagla said.