Rüsselsheim. Phil Kienle will become Opel/Vauxhall Manufacturing Vice President and Member of the Management Board of the Opel Group, effective March 1. Kienle, who is currently GM International (GMI) and GM China Manufacturing Vice President, succeeds Peter Thom, who is appointed North America Quality Vice President, also effective March 1.
Kienle started his current assignment at GMI in 2007 with extensive leadership experience in GM’s North America operations. His GMI assignments have included manufacturing operations in Korea, Australia, Africa, Asia, Uzbekistan and China. In total, Kienle brings more than 30 years of global leadership experience in all core manufacturing functions including general assembly, paint, plant engineering, press, body and powertrain.
“Phil Kienle’s strong leadership and global manufacturing experience comes at a critical time for our operations in Europe,” said Jim DeLuca, Executive Vice President, GM Global Manufacturing. “He’ll continue Peter Thom’s momentum and lead manufacturing’s support of Opel/Vauxhall’s most aggressive vehicle offensive in its history.”
In this new role, Kienle will be responsible for the operations at all the manufacturing facilities across Europe. He will report to Jim DeLuca and Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
“We welcome Phil Kienle to the Opel Group top management team. We are looking forward to working with him and taking advantage of his global manufacturing expertise. He is the right person to continue the excellent work performed by Peter Thom,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.