Mary Barra    |    Robert Bolio    |    Jon Cafaro    |    Britta Gross    |    MaryAnn Jeffers    |    Chris Kinser    |    Lutz Kleinstueck    |    Matt Laba
David Lake    |    Jon Lauckner    |    Mike Lelli    |    Larry Nitz    |    Paul Pebbles    |    Nick Pudar    |   Kevin Robert    |    Chuck Russell
Trista Schieffer    |    Chris Twarog    |    Pablo Valencia    |    Bill Wallace



Mary Barra

GM Senior Vice President, Global Product Development


Mary Barra was named Senior Vice President, Global Product Development effective February 1, 2011, responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality for General Motors’ vehicles around the world.  She is a member of the Executive Operations Committee and serves on the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board.
 
Prior to this appointment, Barra had most recently been Vice President, Global Human Resources.  

She has also served as GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering; Plant Manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; Executive Director of Competitive Operations Engineering; and has held several engineering and staff positions.
 
In 1990, Barra graduated with a Masters in Business Administration after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988 to the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Currently, she serves on the General Dynamics and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors.  Barra is also on the Kettering University Board of Trustees and is Key Executive for Stanford University and University of California-Berkeley.  

Barra is married with two children and was born December 24, 1961.

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Robert R. Bolio

Vehicle Performance Manager for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles


Rob is responsible for leading the global development and performance of GM’s hybrid and electric vehicle programs.

Cars are his passion outside of the office, too, as he’s a classic GM car fanatic. Aside from his automotive interests, Rob coaches the Royal Oak Eagles Youth Ice Hockey Team; he also enjoys spending time on the water, from boating to water sports.

Rob is a graduate of Albion College.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Institute.

Originally from Royal Oak, Mich., Rob currently lives in Clarkston, Mich.

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John Cafaro

Design Director, Chevrolet Exterior Design


John is responsible for exterior design of all Chevrolet passenger cars, and began his career more than 35 years ago with the Chevrolet Corvette program.  Since then, he has brought his unique perspective to car programs from the Camaro to the Spark EV. He sees designing for performance important for every vehicle, as it’s all about technology, presence and excitement.

Passionate about designing cars from a young age, his automotive interests carry through to his personal life. He has been working on a street rod for more than ten years, is a Corvette hall of fame member and races stock cars in his spare time. When he’s not perfecting Chevys – in Design or his own garage – you’ll likely find John playing his piano or guitar.

John was born and raised in New Jersey, and attended Pratt Institute for Design in New York.

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Britta Gross

Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy


Britta ensures there is an energy, fueling and charging strategy for GM’s advanced technology vehicles that do not rely on gasoline.

Her duties range from assisting with strategies for energy partners, energy technologies, industry standards, and fueling/charging rollout plans, to stakeholder readiness strategies that encourage the adoption of plug-in electric, biofuel, natural gas, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Britta is often on the road meeting with GM’s energy partners and stakeholders, and continues her travels onto her personal time, as well.  Ever-exploring, she has a passion for European pottery and a fanatical devotion to the television program The Big Bang Theory.

Britta earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University.

She currently lives in Orlando, Fla., and is originally from Kansas City, Mo.

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MaryAnn Jeffers

Electrification Assistant Chief Engineer


Mary Ann leads a team of engineers that integrate electrification components into a vehicle.  Her role exists to ensure that the team makes the best decisions for the overall vehicle – beyond the components – to achieve the greatest efficiencies, noise characteristics and driveability.

In her spare time, Mary Ann enjoys gardening, biking and running an occasional 5K race with her family.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla, as well as a Master of Science in engineering from Purdue University.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Mary Ann currently resides in Clarkston, Mich.

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Chris Kinser

Electric Vehicle Controls Manager


Chris responsible for the electric vehicle’s dozens of electronic control modules, and each module’s respective inputs, outputs and software.  Chris’s role is to ensure that the controllers work seamlessly together to bring features alive.  To do so, he must know the duty of each controller, and ensure it performs the task correctly and in a timely manner.

Chris is a self-proclaimed “computer geek” in that he actually builds his own computers.  He also lives according to the mantra “if it is broke, I can fix it,” and is quite the handyman.  Beyond his tech-savvy skills in and out of the office, his three daughters also keep him very busy.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Science degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Originally from Louisville, Ky., he currently resides with his family in Grand Blanc, Mich.

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Lutz Kleinstueck

Program Engineering Manager


Lutz is the technical project lead of a complete vehicle, working closely with powertrain, electrical, chassis, thermal, exterior, and interior counterparts. In this role, he is also involved with vehicle integration – aerodynamics, noise and vibration and validation – marketing, finance, and aftersales.

When not in the office, Lutz is outside – literally. An active outdoorsman, his passions include hiking, running and mountain biking.  He also loves to travel and is a “foodie.”

He earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany.

Originally from Ruesselsheim, Germany, Lutz currently lives in Rochester, Mich.

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Matt Laba

Engineering Group Manager for General Motors’ Electric Motor Development and Validation


Matt is responsible for all of the electric motor testing and development in GM’s labs, from development to validation testing, to durability and life testing.

Matt is active in the Boys Scouts of America with his two sons, and when he can find the time, enjoys a round of golf.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University.

Matt grew up in Shelby Twp., Mich, and currently resides in Oakland Twp., Mich.

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David W. Lake

Director of Public Policy for GM China


David works with all levels of the Chinese government to advocate for sensible regulatory requirements and vehicle standards. 

David enjoys cooking and entertaining visitors – family, friends or out-of-town guests.  And, his passion for cars extends beyond his day job; in fact, he says he “loves cars, especially classis cars.”

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Science degree in finance from Walsh College.

He’s originally from Shelby Township, Mich., and currently resides in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, with his wife and five-month-old son, Ethan. 

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Jon Lauckner

Chief Technology Officer; Vice President, Global Research & Development; President, GM Ventures; General Motors Company


Jon Lauckner was named GM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective April 1, 2012.  In addition to his role as CTO, Jon remains President, GM Ventures and also responsible for leading GM’s Global Research and Development organization.

Prior to becoming CTO, Lauckner was responsible for forming General Motors Ventures, LLC, a separate subsidiary started July 1, 2010.  As president, Jon leads a team that makes equity investments in startup companies that are developing next-generation automotive technology.

Lauckner has also previously held the positions of Vice President of General Motors Global Product Planning and Vice President of Global Program Management.

Jon joined General Motors in 1979 and held a number of positions in product engineering, powertrain engineering and product development, including international assignments in South America and Europe from 1992-2005.

Lauckner received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979.  He earned a Master of Science degree in management from Stanford Business School in 1990 through the Sloan Fellowship program and attended the GM-Harvard Senior Executive Program in 2001.

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Mike Lelli

Program Manager, Chevrolet Spark EV


Mike and his team are responsible for managing risk and overall vehicle program execution.  His team consists of representatives from finance, quality, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and purchasing.

Beyond cars, Mike has a passion to expand and improve private education, and has participated in the development and execution of a $20 million campaign to do just that.  He also has a passion for the environment and Big Ten football.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mike is from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and currently resides in Rochester, Mich. with his wife and four children.

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Larry Nitz

Executive Director


Larry leads General Motors’ Global Electrification team, with engineering operations in North America, Europe and Asia.  His team is responsible for batteries, propulsion systems, controls and integration of GM hybrid and electric vehicles.

During his precious – and somewhat sparse – spare time, Larry enjoys “vintage trailer” camping, gardening and all forms of water sports, from sailing to wind surfing to wake boarding to water skiing.

Larry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Originally from Dearborn, Mich., he currently lives in South Lyon, Mich.

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Paul Pebbles

Global Manager of Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Services for OnStar


Paul is responsible for any services outside GM’s electric vehicles that leverage the OnStar Connectivity.

When he’s not managing Remote Link for the Chevrolet Volt, MyVolt.com, Volt OVD e-mail, and Smart Grid work, he’s restoring classic cars and tackling home improvement projects.  He’s also on Northwestern University’s NUVention advisory board, part of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

Paul earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as an Associate’s degree in engineering science, SUNY at Alfred.

He’s originally from Webster, New York, and currently lives in Novi, Mich.

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Nick Pudar

Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for OnStar


Nick’ identifies and develops new business and service opportunities for OnStar.

Outside of the office, he’s still a self-proclaimed technology geek, as well as an avid photographer and professional magician.

Nick earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering University), as well as a Master of Science in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Nick currently lives in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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Kevin M. Robert

Program Engineering Manager


Kevin manages the integration of the electrification components into a vehicle. He ensures that the entire vehicle is balanced from a mass, aerodynamics, performance and cost perspective.

Kevin loves all electronics.  “Computers, laptops, tablets, phones, GPS… as long as it has a micro controller, it catches my attention,” he gushes.   He also has a passion for photography.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

He is originally from St. Clair Shores, Mich., and currently resides in Rochester Hills, Mich.

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Chuck Russell

Vehicle Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Spark EV


Chuck is responsible for the technical and commercial leadership and execution of an electric vehicle. In fact, he is one of those fortunate individuals whose passion and work converge.

“I really think developing electric vehicles is the best job in the company,” he said.

When he’s not working, he likes to spend his free time on a basketball court, golf course or ski slope.

Chuck attended Kettering University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.  He also earned his Master of Business Administration degree in international finance from Wayne State University.

His job has allowed him to travel the world, including assignments in China and Korea.  He currently resides in Oakland Township, Mich.  Chuck has three children – an engineer, an economist and an artist.

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Trista Schieffer

Lead Development Engineer – Chevrolet Spark EV


Trista’s serves as the voice of the customer to best balance vehicle performance across GM’s integration areas – Ride and Handling, Noise and Vibration, Energy, Thermal, Safety and Quality.

She knew she wanted to be an engineer since grade school, when her father, a CAD designer, brought her along to “Take Your Daughter to Work” day.  Trista recalls playing on his computer, drawing things all day; from then on, her future in engineering was decided.

When she’s not racing around a proving ground in an electric vehicle, Trista kicks back in her garden, and also enjoys baking and running.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.  She also earned a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University.

Trista is originally from White Bear Lake, Minn. and currently resides in Milford, Mich.

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Chris Twarog

Energy and Battery Integration Engineer


Chris balances electric vehicle battery power, temperature and life requirements with vehicle performance and energy consumption requirements. He also oversees vehicle certification through the Environmental Protection Agency.

When Chris isn’t working on electric vehicle performance, he’s off running, playing softball and training for/participating in x-athalons.  He also enjoys home improvement, gardening and rooting for the Detroit Lions.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He also earned a Master of Science degree in engineering from Oakland University.

Chris is originally from Cotuit, Mass., (better known as Cape Cod) and currently resides in Franklin, Mich.

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Pablo Valencia

Battery Lifecycle Manager


According to Pablo, “I get to invent ways the electrified vehicle batteries can be used after their first life in an electrified vehicle.  I also work with our ‘design for the environment’ team to determine the best way to recycle the batteries at the end of life.”

He spends his free time as a FIRST Robotics team mentor, and is a trainer for high school peer mentors.  He also spends time in his personal workshop, CNC milling.

Pablo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

Pablo is from Wooster, Ohio and currently lives with his family in Northville, Mich.

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Bill Wallace

Director – Global Battery Systems


Bill leads the GM product engineering team for all lithium ion energy (vehicles that plug in) batteries and their Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) hardware (i.e. charge cords, charge stations and DC fast charge systems).

In his spare time, Bill spends a great deal of time with his children’s sports and music activities and is a drummer himself.  He also enjoys photography, sports and traveling.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana, as well as a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Originally from Chicago, Bill and his family currently reside in Beverly Hills, Mich.

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