FRANKFURT -- General Motors named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit, effective April 1.
Bertagni, 55, will succeed Charles Klein who will become GM's head of global CO2 strategy and energy.
Bertagni will lead 7,000 engineers working in vehicle development, safety technologies, connectivity and efficient propulsion working at GM's international technical development center at Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim, Germany.
Bertagni will be tasked with continuing to drive the brand's product offensive, GM Europe Chairman and Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement.
Bertagni is currently head of product engineering at GM South America, the latest role in a career that includes more than more than 30 years of experience in product development. His earlier jobs include GM's global vehicle chief engineer for small cars based in Korea and head of GM's engineering center in Brazil.
Bertagni gained European experience between 1991 and 1994 when he worked as an engineer in Ruesselsheim.
Bertagni will report to Neumann and to Ken Kelzer, GM's head of global vehicle components and subsystems.