GM Fills Powertrain Position Left Vacant for Two Years

General Motors

General Motors (NYSE:GM) hired Delphi Automotive (NYSE:DLPH) executive Steve Kiefer to to head up the automaker’s powertrain operations beginning September 1, according to a statement from the company.

Kiefer, 50, has been in charge of Delphi’s powertrain unit since 2011 and will be inhabiting a position at GM that hasn’t been occupied for two years. Kiefer will work at the company’s powertrain headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan, and answer to Mary Barra, the head of GM’s global product development unit. Jim Lanzon, vice president of Powertrain Global Transmissions, will report to Kiefer while continuing his leadership of GM’s transmission engineering and development, the automaker said.

“As GM continues to bring new vehicle engine and drivetrain technologies and innovations to the marketplace, Steve’s customer perspective, technical expertise and proven leadership will further bolster our global powertrain team,” Barra said in the statement. “The collective expertise and experience of Jim and Steve brings a new dynamic to the Powertrain team. Together they will lead the global team and work to strengthen GM’s position as an industry leader in powertrain technology.”