ZURICH, Switzerland -- General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz has shaken up the automaker's European manufacturing leadership, importing a quality expert from North America.
Peter Dersley, 54, will become GM Europe vice president for quality, effective July 1. He is executive director, manufacturing quality, for GM North America.
Dersley replaces Reinald Hoben, 52, who had been executive director for quality and reliability. Hoben becomes board member in charge of manufacturing at Adam Opel AG, replacing Ditmar Porth. Porth is retiring after 44 years at Opel.
Effective June 1, Alain Visser becomes Opel board member in charge of European marketing. Visser is executive director, sales development projects, for GM Europe. He joined GM in January, after holding a series of sales and marketing posts at Ford of Europe.
Visser replaces Alain Uyttenhoven, who is leaving the company. Klaudia Martini, Opel board member in charge of communications, also is leaving the company. Opel communications will be led by Frank Klaas, who continues as communications director at Opel but will not be a board member.
Lutz is serving as interim president of GM Europe until June 1, when Fritz Henderson, president of GM Asia-Pacific, is slated to head GM Europe.