BRUSSELS - GM is moving its international headquarters from Zurich back to the USA. GM International President Louis Hughes and 31 other GM International managers will be transferred to Detroit in September.
The move is a victory for GM's European managers at Adam Opel AG in Germany.
They had criticized Hughes for using Opel's human and financial resources to develop one of the industry's most aggressive global expansion programs.
Most of the top international jobs move to Detroit. Among them are vice presidents Cheri Alexander (personnel), Patrick Campbell (finance), Michael Nylin (planning), and Michael Millikin (legal).
Peter Hanenberger, who has dual functions as head of GM's Technical Development Center and engineering for GM International Operations, will not move initially. An insider said that Hanenberger and some key lieutenants will eventually establish a technical office in North America for international engineering.
According to insiders, David Herman will be replaced as Opel chairman by Gary Cowger later this summer, and Hanenberger will be replaced in his Opel post. Cowger has been vice president of manufacturing for GM Europe since January.