Detroit/Rüsselsheim. GM President Daniel Ammann, 41, has been nominated to succeed GM Board of Directors member Steve Girsky as Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board (OSB), subject to election by the OSB at a meeting to be scheduled shortly, it was announced today.
Girsky, 51, was named Chairman of the OSB in November 2011. GM CEO Mary Barra praised Steve Girsky for his dedicated and outstanding work: "Steve led GM’s turnaround plan for Europe that has put that region’s operations back on a path to profitability. Dan Ammann will keep up this course – with the clear goal to break-even by mid-decade.”
Ammann said he welcomed the opportunity: “I am looking forward to building on the strong foundation that Steve Girsky helped to establish as Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board. Opel/Vauxhall is a key factor in GM’s strategy to win globally and we will work together to grow Opel/Vauxhall further.”
Girsky offered similar words of encouragement: “I am proud of what GM and Opel/Vauxhall have accomplished. This team is united in its commitment to build on the foundation that we have established.” Girsky, formerly Vice Chairman, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Global Product Planning, moved to a senior advisor role with GM last December. He will remain on the GM Board of Directors.