FRANKFURT -- Carl-Peter Forster, a former CEO of Opel and a BMW veteran, will become chairman of Hella's shareholders' committee, the German supplier said in a statement.
The appointment is expected to be confirmed at Hella's annual general meeting on September 27, when the term of his predecessor, Manfred Wennemer, will come to an end.
The shareholders' committee is the decision-making body of the listed company, more than 60 percent of which is family-owned.
Forster, 65, is an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience. He began his career in 1986 with BMW where he rose to head of manufacturing before leaving the company in 2000.
In 2001, he was appointed head of Opel. He was promoted to president of Opel parent General Motors Europe three years later. Forster resigned from GM in 2009 following his criticism of the automaker for reversing a decision to sell Opel to Canadian supplier Magna International and its Russian partner Sberbank.
In 2010, he joined Tata Motors as Group CEO, where he took responsibility for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.