Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann has been at the helm of Opel since 2013. He was named chairman of the board of Adam Opel AG and president, Europe effective March 2013. Since July 2014, Dr. Neumann has been chairman of the Management Board of Opel Group GmbH, which is responsible for all General Motors operations in Europe. In addition, he is also General Motors executive vice president and 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, and chaired the board from August 2008 to September 2009. In December 2009 he returned to Volkswagen AG and took over company-wide responsibility for electric propulsion.
Dr. Neumann was born 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.
Dr. Neumann is the father of three children and a passionate marathon runner.