Detroit, MI. – Karl-Friedrich Stracke has taken over as CEO of Opel/Vauxhall. He has also been nominated to become chairman of the management board of Adam Opel AG.

Stracke succeeds Nick Reilly, who continues as head of GM’s European operations. Reilly has been nominated to chair the Opel Supervisory Board. In his capacity as CEO of Opel/ Vauxhall, Stracke will report to Reilly.

Stracke is a 32-year veteran of General Motors, who has led global vehicle engineering for the last 18 months.

He will be replaced by John Calabrese, Executive Director Global Vehicle Engineering. Having joined GM in 1981, he has held several positions across the carmaker’s global engineering operations.