Former General Motors Europe boss Lou Hughes (above), has been named president and chief operating officer of American space and aeronautics contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.
When he joins Lockheed Martin on April 27, Hughes, 51, will be responsible for the company's day-to-day operations.
Hughes, currently executive vice president in charge of GM's new business strategies, was a key member of the management team that came to power at GM following a boardroom coup in 1992.
From 1992 to 1998, Hughes oversaw GM's international operations, including Opel and GM Europe. He previously served as president of GM Europe and chairman of Opel.
Hughes was replaced as GM International boss in 1998 following internal turmoil at Opel. Many executives and engineers at GM's German subsidiary believed Opel suffered when GM used Opel's money and time to expand into emerging markets.