Michael Ableson was appointed Speaker of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG on July 1, 2014. He was named Member of the Management Board for Research and Development at Adam Opel AG on September 1, 2012. Since July 2012, Ableson has been Vice President Vehicle Engineering Europe and is responsible for all European activities within the global engineering function of General Motors.
Previously Ableson was Global Vehicle Line Executive for Compact Cars, General Motors, through which he led the development of compact cars for GM, including the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, GTC and Zafira in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Ableson has worked for GM for over 25 years and earlier also led Global Advanced Vehicle Development.
Ableson began his career as an analysis engineer with GM’s centralized Engineering Staff in 1984, and moved on to a series of diversified engineering positions within GM, including Program Engineering Manager for the Buick Park Avenue in 1990, Director of Vehicle Integration for the Flint Automotive Division in 1994, and Director of Vehicle Planning for the Mid-Size Car Division in 1995.
In 1997 he was appointed Vehicle Chief Engineer, Mid-Size Vehicles, and moved to Germany to create a new global platform for the development of GM’s mid-size vehicles. Upon his return to America in 1999, he continued as Vehicle Chief Engineer and in 2001 became Vehicle Chief Engineer, Small Trucks, with responsibility for Mid-Size Trucks added shortly thereafter. In 2005 Ableson was named Executive Director, Global Advanced Vehicle Development for GM, where he led the formulation and execution of global vehicle architectures at the company.
Ableson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1982 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.
Michael Ableson is married and has two sons.