CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga Frank Fischer is leaving his position at the Chattanooga plant, officials announced Thursday.

Fischer-who headed the project team for the local plant starting in 2008 and became plant manager in 2010-will leave to take over as head of Volkswagen’s Emden, Germany, plant, according to a news release.

The change comes shortly after the United Auto Workers Union’s attempt to organize the plant and amidst an appeal of that decision from workers.


Christian Koch, who has worked in several different positions for Volkswagen, will take over as leader of the Chattanooga plant.

These changes are effective beginning in April.

Christian Koch is currently managing director at Volkswagen Sachsen.

Fischer is taking over for Jens Herrmann, who has been named plant manager and head of vehicle production in Wolfsburg.

Herrmann succeeds Dr. Siegfried Fiebig, who has been appointed management spokesman at Volkswagen Sachsen.

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