Opel Names Ulrich Schumacher the Company’s Human Resources Boss image

Opel appointed Ulrich Schumacher as the company’s human resources and labor relations boss.

Ulrich Schumacher, 55, was named the new human resources and labor relations boss and will also serve as vice president of human resources for GM Europe. His new position id effective May 1st and he will replace Holger Kimmes, 54, who is leaving Opel.

Schumacher previously worked for Toyota Boshoku, which is a closely held interiors supplier of Toyota, as vice president of human resources in Europe, and before this he worked at Magna International, holding a senior position in human resources, and also for Ford and Allianz insurance company.

“With his extensive experience in Europe and beyond, Ulrich Schumacher will lead our long-standing Opel brand to former strength — also from a HR perspective,” Opel Supervisory Board Chairman Steve Girsky said in a statement today.

Last month General Motors appointed VW’s Karl-Thomas Neumann as president of GM Europe and CEO of Opel, the carmaker’s struggling European unit. Neumann will have to deal with Opel’s heavy losses, as well as its weak brand image and inability to utilize GM’s substantial scale advantages.

“I am excited to lead a company with such a rich German heritage and strong product portfolio. I’m aware that this will be a challenging job, but I’m convinced that together with my leadership team and employees, we will turn around the company,” Neumann said in a statement.