Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann has been at the helm of the tradition-rich automaker Opel since 2013. He was named Chairman of the Board of Adam Opel AG and President Europe effective March 1, 2013. Since July 1, 2014, Dr. Neumann has been Chairman of the Management Board of Opel Group GmbH. In addition, he is also General Motors Executive Vice President & President Europe as well as a member of the GM Executive Committee.
Dr. Neumann was previously with Volkswagen AG, where he was CEO and Vice President of Volkswagen Group China in Beijing from September 2010 to August 2012. Prior to that he held a number of management positions at Volkswagen, beginning in 1999 as Head of Research and Director of Electronics Strategy. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Neumann was a member of the Executive Board at German automotive supplier Continental AG responsible for the Automotive Systems Division. From August 2008 to September 2009, he was Chairman of the Executive Board of Continental AG. In December 2009 he returned to Volkswagen AG and took over company-wide responsibility for electric propulsion.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann was born on April 1, 1961 in Twistringen in Lower Saxony. He studied electrical engineering at the Universities of Dortmund and Duisburg, where he was also awarded his doctorate. He began his professional career at the Fraunhofer Institute as a research engineer before moving to Motorola Semiconductor, where he worked as an engineer and strategy director responsible for the automobile industry. The father of three children is a passionate marathon runner.