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August 1st, 2012

Volkswagen’s Williams named Woman of the Year by NAMAD

The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) has announced that Machelle Williams has been named “Woman of the Year”. Photo by/CAMILLA SJODIN
HERNDON, VA - Volkswagen Group of America announced that Machelle Williams, general manager of organizational development and diversity, Human Resources, Volkswagen Group of America, has been named “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD). Williams, a 17-year veteran of the Volkswagen Group, was selected for her industry leadership and outstanding contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Over the years, Williams’s hard work has afforded her remarkable growth within the Volkswagen family. After a decade supporting Volkswagen Credit, Inc. in Libertyville, Ill., she has spent the past seven years leading Volkswagen Group’s Talent Management organization, which includes talent strategy, employee development and engagement, leadership development, recruiting and executing high-impact diversity initiatives.

“Machelle’s longstanding service to the Volkswagen family, and her commitment to promoting diversity within the organization has earned her well-deserved recognition,” said Jonathan Browning, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “She is an exceptional asset to our company, the automotive industry and to the communities she serves; we couldn’t be more delighted to see her receive this award.”

Williams was recognized during an awards ceremony at NAMAD’s 2012 Annual Membership Meeting in Las Vegas on July 26. Also being recognized is Carl Burnett, Sr., president of the Barnett Auto Group, who has earned NADA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Burnett owns Onion Creek Volkswagen in Austin, Texas, among other dealerships across the country.

Outside of work, Williams is also devoted to the betterment of rising minority leaders in her community and the communities in which Volkswagen has operations. She currently serves on the board of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and the InRoads Mid-Atlantic board.

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