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New GM CEO Mary Barra visits Opel in Russelsheim

New GM CEO Mary Barra visits Opel in Russelsheim image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: GM Press | posted January 30, 2014 09:08

Her visit to Germany affirms GM'€™s commitment to Opel and additional models for Russelsheim.

Mary Barra took her first overseas trip as GM’s new CEO to Opel headquarters Rüsselsheim, Germany.  She met with employees, toured the assembly plant, visited the International Technical Development Center (ITDC) and was accompanied by GM President Dan Ammann, whom she announced as the nominated Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board.

“I’m very pleased to have the chance to meet with our employees here.  I thought it was very important to reinforce in person GM’s commitment to Opel, its importance to the company and the need to accelerate our progress going forward. I am also pleased to confirm that we will add another model to our Rüsselsheim plant.” For competitive reasons, the company is not in a position to reveal any details at this point of time.

“With Dan Ammann nominated to succeed Steve Girsky as chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board and with KT Neumann leading the Opel team, I’m confident that we can achieve our goal to break-even in Europe by mid-decade,” said Barra.

GM is investing €4 billion in Germany and Europe through 2016 is aimed at bringing 23 new products and 13 new engines to market.

 “We are honored that Mary and Dan chose Opel as the first GM location to visit outside the company’s Detroit headquarters. It reinforced for all of us the importance of Opel to GM and the support we will continue to receive as we drive to return Opel and its products to greatness,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.