Reinhard Fischer

Volkswagen Group of America

SVP, Strategy for VW NAR and VW Group

Reinhard Fischer, Senior Vice President, Volkswagen Group of America, leads strategy for Volkswagen in North America. He reports to Scott Keogh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America and the VW brand’s North American region. Mr. Fischer has held several leadership roles in areas such as network development, sales operations, and brand strategy. He joined VW Group in 2018 after 16 years with Audi of America, where he most recently served as Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. He started his automotive career with BMW as an industrial engineer. Mr. Fischer then moved to the company’s US sales subsidiary, where he specialized in supply-chain planning. At one point, he also managed a multi-franchise dealership in Columbus, Ohio, that included Audi and BMW. Mr. Fischer holds a master’s degree from Universitate Karlsruhe.

Sessions With Reinhard Fischer

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 08:30am - 09:10am (CST) / 08/mar/2022 02:30 pm - 08/mar/2022 03:10 pm

    Electric or Eclectic Mobility? Why some believe that net zero has just saved the combustion engine

    Panel Transportation & Mobility/Electrification (EVs/built environment)

    Sustainability and electric vehicles are two strategic heavyweights, often found at the top of priority lists in the automotive, energy, and government sectors. Investors looking to decarbonize portfolios look favorably for progress in both sustainability and electric vehicles. But are these priorities truly not mutually exclusive? Why are opinions split regarding automobiles? Is there a risk of mistaking the pursuit of eclectic strategies as purely electric stage fright? Sectoral inter-reliance is increasing, but what challenges must be overcome to ensure net-zero alignment and an overall positive outcome? Could factors governing the combustion vehicle’s lifetime suddenly change? How would a profound decrease in manufacturing volume impact the combustion engine’s continued ubiquity?