Abdallah Shanti is Executive Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer for IT Region Americas. In this role, Shanti leads IT strategy, direction, and operations for all of the countries within the Americas Region, which includes the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. Shanti reports directly to Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. Shanti also coordinates globally to increase focus on Volkswagen’s technology infrastructure to ensure systems and processes are in place to meet business targets, reporting directly to Dr. Martin Hofmann, Group Chief Information Officer, Volkswagen AG.
Shanti joined Volkswagen with nearly 27 years of IT and engineering experience within the automotive industry. Prior to Volkswagen, Shanti served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with ANX. Prior to ANX, Shanti held several leadership roles at American Axle & Manufacturing Inc., where he was Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer; there his responsibilities also included electronic engineering and global purchasing. Shanti was also General Director of Global System Engineering and Application development at General Motors.
Shanti earned a master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Oakland University, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State University.