Michael F. Ableson
Vice President, Global Strategy
Michael Ableson, General Motors Vice President, Global Strategy, was appointed to his current position in September 2015, reporting to GM CEO Mary Barra (Strategy) and GM President Dan Ammann (Portfolio Planning). Ableson is responsible for leading the newly formed Strategy Organization team, whose role will be to look for opportunities to leverage GM’s technology advantage in the changing automotive industry and integrate across the business. The structure recognizes Connected Vehicle, Urban Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles and Fuel Cells as critical future business opportunities.
Prior to his current position, Ableson was named Vice President, Global Planning and Program Management, in January 2015, responsible for leading the company’s worldwide product plans.
Ableson began his career as an analysis engineer with GM’s centralized Engineering Staff in 1984, and has held a series of diversified engineering positions, including Program Engineering Manager for the Buick Park Avenue in 1990, Director of Vehicle Integration for the Flint Automotive Division in 1994, and Director of Vehicle Planning for the Midsize Car Division in 1995.
In 1997, Ableson was appointed Vehicle Chief Engineer, Mid-Size Vehicles, and moved to Germany to create a new global development platform for those vehicles. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1999, he continued as Vehicle Chief Engineer and in 2001 became Vehicle Chief Engineer, Small Trucks, with responsibility for Mid-Size Trucks added shortly thereafter. In 2005 Ableson was named Executive Director, Global Advanced Vehicle Development, where he led the formulation and execution of global vehicle architectures.
Ableson was then Global Vehicle Line Executive for Compact Cars, through which he led the development, including the Opel/Vauxhall Astra GTC and Zafira in Rüsselsheim, Germany from January to July 2012.
In July 2012, Ableson was made responsible for all European global engineering as GM Europe Vice President, Engineering. He was also a member of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG.
Ableson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1982 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.