Opel Group has appointed current executive chief engineer, vans, light commercial vehicles and Alliance Programmes, Charlie Klein, as VP vehicle engineering Europe.

Klein will replace Mike Ableson, who is moving back to the US and will become vice president of global product planning and programme management at General Motors.

Klein will report to Ken Kelzer, vice president, global vehicle components and subsystems and to Karl-Thomas Neumann, GM executive vice president and head of the Opel Group. He will also replace Mike Ableson as a member of the board for Adam Opel.

"We welcome Charlie Klein to the Opel Group top management team," said Neumann. "He has been in charge of successful alliance projects with Renault and PSA in recent years and we believe he is the right person to lead the more than 6,000 engineers at the International Technical Development Centre (ITDC) in Rüsselsheim.

"At the same time, I would like to thank Mike Ableson, who put his stamp on the engineering work here in a relatively short time and played a significant role in the ongoing Opel/Vauxhall product offensive."