Cian O’Brien is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Audi of America, responsible for all retail operations and dealer network development in the United States, including leadership of the regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Cian’s career spans more than two decades in the automotive industry, including leading the sales operation of Audi UK, AUDI AG’s fourth-largest market, from 2014 until he joined Audi of America in 2017. He was responsible for strong increases in annual sales, and he helped expand the brand’s share of a tight U.K. premium market. He also served as interim director of Audi U.K.
A native of Cork, Ireland, Cian graduated from the Cork Institute of Technology and earned a Master’s degree in management from University College Dublin’s Smurfit Business School. He is a rugby player, triathlete and a qualified rescue diver. He and his wife, Joanne, have three children.