GM Strengthens European Operations
* Head of GM global engineering Karl-Friedrich Stracke named CEO of Opel/Vauxhall
* President of GM Europe Nick Reilly nominated to chair Opel Supervisory Board
DETROIT -- General Motors today named Karl-Friedrich Stracke CEO of Opel/Vauxhall, effective April 1, and announced plans to nominate him to be Chairman of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG, adding significant management strength as the company’s European operations continue on their growth plan.
Stracke succeeds Nick Reilly, who continues as the head of GM’s European operations and will be nominated to chair the Opel Supervisory Board. In his capacity as CEO of Opel/Vauxhall, Stracke will report to Reilly. Walter Borst, president and CEO GM Asset Management and current Supervisory Board Chairman, will continue as a regular member of the Supervisory Board.
“The European market and our European operations are important to General Motors, and these moves will ensure that we have the best leadership in place as we continue toward growth and profitability,” said Dan Akerson, GM chairman and chief executive officer.
Stracke, 55, is a 32-year veteran of GM who has led global vehicle engineering for the last year and a half. Under his guidance, GM’s engineers and technicians around the world led the way on developing cutting-edge new vehicles and technologies, including the ground-breaking Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera electric vehicles with extended range.
Opel/Vauxhall’s latest launch products - Insignia, Astra and Meriva - are highly successful and won more than 50 prestigious awards across Europe in the last year alone. Later this year, the company will introduce highly anticipated new products, including the Ampera and Zafira compact minivan.
“I am excited to lead a company with such a rich German heritage at this time in its history,” said Stracke. “Opel/Vauxhall has a great workforce and an exciting and innovative product portfolio. I’m looking forward to a thriving future.”
In addition to serving on the Opel Supervisory Board, Reilly will also oversee Chevrolet and Cadillac in Europe. Reilly joined GM Europe in November 2009 after running GM’s International Operations based in China for three years.
“We look forward to welcoming Karl-Friedrich Stracke home to Germany,” said Reilly. “I am very pleased to have a leader of his experience, talent and engineering background running Opel/Vauxhall.”
Stracke will be replaced in the global engineering role by John Calabrese, executive director Global Vehicle Engineering. Calabrese joined GM in 1981. He has held several key leadership positions in GM’s global engineering operations.
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