Kenneth (Ken) L. Kelzer
GM Vice President
GM Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems
Ken Kelzer was named General Motors Vice President of Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems in April 2014. In this newly created role, Kelzer will lead engineering operations, components development, advanced vehicle development, and other engineering business initiatives. He will report to Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.
Most recently, Kelzer was Vice President GM Europe Powertrain Engineering, where he oversaw European powertrain operations.
Previously, in 2011-2012, he served as the Executive Chief Engineer of Full and Midsize Vehicles; Global Vehicle Chief Engineer of Rear Wheel Drive and Performance Vehicles; and Global Functional Leader of Global Chassis and Global Accessories.
Kelzer began his GM career as a student intern from 1982-1984. He hired into the company as a college graduate in training in 1985, and was promoted to project engineer a year later.
After rotating through several engineering positions of increasing responsibility at Chevrolet and Pontiac, and Midsize and Luxury vehicles, he was promoted to Director, Chassis, HVAC, Electrical and Operations at the Canadian Regional Engineering Center in Oshawa, Ontario in August 2002. Upon returning to Michigan two years later, he was named Director of Vehicle Performance at the Milford Proving Grounds.
In 2006, Kelzer was promoted to Executive Director of Chassis and Powertrain, and three years later took on global responsibilities in the same role. He was promoted to Global Vehicle Chief Engineer in 2011.
Kelzer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1984. In 1994, he received an MBA from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration.
Kelzer is GM’s key executive for the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and represents GM on the board of PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center). He also is a board member of the Michigan Science Center.