Former Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke will join Magna Steyr, a unit of Magna International Inc., on April 1.
Stracke, 56, will be responsible for contract manufacturing in Graz, Austria, and worldwide engineering, Magna said in a statement today. "We are confident that Magna Steyr will benefit from his extensive experience in complete vehicle engineering and manufacturing," the statement said.
Stracke was removed from his post as Opel CEO in July 2012 after about 15 months in the job and given unspecified new duties with Opel parent General Motors. He had worked for GM for more than 30 years and was head of GM global vehicle engineering based in Detroit before taking the post at Opel.
Stracke is credited with being one of the key engineers responsible for overhauling GM's vehicle lineup as it emerged from a government-led bankruptcy in 2009, including the introduction of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
In his new job, Stracke have the title of President Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik and will report to Magna Steyr President Guenther Apfalter.