Former General Motors global sales boss Jonathan Browning has joined Volkswagen as global head of the group’s national sales companies.

“The Volkswagen Group has recruited an excellent sales and marketing expert in Jonathan Browning, who will bring outstanding international experience to directing the national sales companies,” VW Group sales and marketing chief Christian Klingler said.

“Directing our sales companies is becoming enormously important in the light of internationalisation and market dynamics. It is therefore a central pillar in the realignment of our Group sales and marketing organization.”

Browning, 50, who will be based in Wolfsburg and report to Klingler, started the new job June 1.

Browning resigned as head of GM’s global sales, service and marketing last summer and left the company October 1, 2009, “to pursue other interests,” GM said in a statement at the time.