Albert Steurer - Chief Strategy Officer
Al graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from the cooperative college education program of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) with experience in manufacturing at the Linden N.J. Assembly plant. He received his MBA from Central Michigan University.
Al’s career spanned 39 years at General Motors with 25 years focused in manufacturing and 14 years in product development. He has also had diverse international career experience with a total of 10 years spent outside the U.S. in Mexico, Sweden and Italy. Early in his career Al worked in manufacturing at 3 assembly plants including a 3 year assignment in Saltillo Mexico (1979-1982) where he lead Industrial Engineering activities during the construction and launch phase of the Ramos Arizpe assembly plant.. He was also a manufacturing engineer on GM’s first electric vehicle program. His first executive assignment was as the Director of Program Management & Planning for the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM Canada Group. He subsequently was promoted as the Director of Manufacturing Planning where he led efforts to optimize GM’s assembly plant footprint.
In 2000 Al returned for a second stint in GM de Mexico as the subsidiary’s Director of Planning. In this new role Al was responsible for local program management of several new car and truck lines for the Mexican market. He also developed and executed import programs that provided new products for the Mexican market through collaborating with GM’s global partners and subsidiaries. In addition, Al led the local approval and management of new locally produced products geared to the Mexican market. These import and local manufacturing portfolio initiatives helped insure GM’s continued market leadership in Mexico.
Al moved to Europe in 2004 where he was appointed the Director of Planning for Saab in Sweden. At Saab he led the future development of their portfolio of products by synthesizing regulatory, customer and competitive global requirements. Following a reorganization of Saab he was assigned as the Powertrain Planning Director for the Fiat-GM partnership in Turin, Italy. He worked on unwinding the partnership with GM and helped lead the formation of the new GM Powertrain Europe organization with its diesel expertise centered in Italy. While there, Al was responsible for supporting the mission of “World’s Best Powertrains” by satisfying competitive, regulatory and business needs of its future portfolio and vehicle applications.
In 2007 Al repatriated to the U.S. as the Director of North America Powertrain Planning. Prior to his retirement in October 2009, Al represented Powertrain in the transition from bankruptcy to rebirth of the General Motors Company.