Ex-General Motors engineer joins BMWMarch 12, 2020
The Bavarian automaker took Frank Weber, a German engineer who led the development of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid module, to his board of directors, where he will be responsible for research and development.
53-year-old Weber will take office in his new post on July 1, replacing Klaus Frelich, who should resign when he turns 60, which is the age limit for senior executives in the company, BMW said.
The decision to appoint Weber underlines BMW’s drive for electric mobility. By 2023, the company wants to have 25 electric vehicles in its arsenal, more than half of which will be fully electric.
Weber, a native of Wiesbaden with a university degree in mechanical engineering, has been the third new member of the BMW Group since Oliver Zipse topped the brand in August. Weber joined BMW as head of automobile development, and in 2018 was appointed head of the Rolls-Royce product line.
Weber moved from Opel, where he was vice president of business and product planning. He was previously responsible for the development of GM’s first mass electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, as well as his “sibling” Opel Ampera and Voltec Propulsion Architecture.
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