The Volkswagen Passenger Cars business unit has established a new IT organization, lead by Abdallah Shanti, who has been named global chief information officer (CIO) of Volkswagen. Shanti will be in charge of IT at over 50 locations.
The new division will be responsible for analyzing and providing the required IT technology to both production and non-production units – enabling more digitization to be implemented across the brand and the development of tailored solutions.
Shanti, a computer scientist and engineer, was executive vice president and chief information officer of Volkswagen Group of America from 2012 to 2018 prior to assuming responsibility for IT at Volkswagen Passenger Cars in mid-2018. Shanti has approximately 30 years of experience in IT and technical development in the automotive sector with the Volkswagen brand. Before joining the OEM, he was previously executive vice president and CTO at ANX; vice president and CIO at American Axle & Manufacturing; and general director of global system engineering and application development at General Motors.