Opel product chief Weber quits to take job with rival
German engineer was key in Chevy Volt's development
Frank Weber is the second top-tier engineer with vast knowledge of Opel's future product portfolio to leave the company in less than a year.
RUESSELSHEIM -- Opel product chief Frank Weber is leaving the General Motors Co. subsidiary to work for an as-yet-unnamed competitor, company sources told Automotive News Europe.
An Opel spokesman confirmed that Weber had resigned. "We regret that Frank Weber has quit. We thank him for what he has done and wish him the best for the future," the spokesman told ANE on Thursday.
Weber is the second top-tier engineer with vast knowledge of Opel's future product portfolio to leave the company in less than a year. In October 2010, former Opel Managing Director Hans Demant started work at Volkswagen AG as its senior vice president in charge of international relations.
Opel has not named a successor for Weber, who returned to the German automaker in November 2009 to lead its product team. Prior to that, Weber spent two years at GM in the United States as the lead engineer for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The Volt and Opel's version of the car, the Ampera, debut in Europe in November.
Weber is a German native who joined Opel in 1991 after finishing his engineering studies at Darmstadt University. He held several leading positions in the technical development center in Ruesselsheim such as director of advanced concept engineering.