Volkswagen AG appoints Frank Fischer head of the project team at its new factory in Chattanooga, TN, effective Oct. 1.

Fischer joined VW in 1991 and currently serves as manager at the auto maker’s Brunswick axle plant in Germany. He will be succeeded at Brunswick by Hans-Peter Stalf, the current head of components planning for VW passenger cars and group components control.

The $1 billion (€620 million) Chattanooga plant is slated to begin production in early 2011, with initial capacity expected to be 150,000 units.

VW also names Thomas Ulbrich as a board of management member for production at its commercial-vehicles division, effective Sept. 1. Ulrich currently serves as speaker of the management board of VW’s Auto 5000 division. His successor will be named soon, VW says.

Ulrich succeeds Dirk Grosse-Loheide, who remains board of management member for procurement and logistics.