General Motors has appointed Steve Kiefer as vice president for its global powertrain operations, effective September 1, 2013. Kiefer has been a senior vice president at Delphi and head of its powertrain systems unit since 2011. Once Kiefer assumes his post at GM, he will report to Mary Barra, executive vice president of global product development.
Barra remarked that Kiefer’s “customer perspective, technical expertise and proven leadership” will further strengthen GM’s global powertrain team. The global powertrain chief post has been vacant for over two years since February 2011, when Jamie Hresko resigned.
Since then, duties that come with the post had been split by Jim Lanzon, a vice president in charge of GM’s global transmission systems, and Sam Winegarden, who was a month ago vice president of global engine engineering. Sources told Automotive News that Winegarden was forced to resign over issues with a diesel engine program in India.
With Winegarden’s exit, both transmission and engine duties has been done by Lanzon on an interim basis. GM disclosed that Lanzon will remain as head of global transmission systems, and will report to Kiefer. Kiefer has been with Delphi since 1983, serving in a number of top engineering roles in the supplier’s thermal and HVAC divisions. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Kiefer will be based at GM’s powertrain headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan.
“As GM continues to bring new vehicle engine and drivetrain technologies and innovations to the marketplace, Steve’s customer perspective, technical expertise and proven leadership will further bolster our global powertrain team,” said Mary Barra, executive vice president, Global Product Development & Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. [source: GM]