Vice President, Global Chief Engineers & Program Management
Travis Hester was promoted to Vice President, Global Chief Engineers & Program Management effective February 1, 2016. Hester leads a team of Executive Chief Engineers and Program Managers who oversee specific groups of vehicles from inception to launch and beyond. Hester’s team has responsibility for balancing overall vehicle imperatives including, customer, appearance, material cost, vendor tooling, investment, quality, and performance targets. Hester reports to Mark Reuss, GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development.
Prior to this role, Hester was the Executive Chief Engineer for Cadillac Premium Luxury Vehicles and worked exclusively on new Omega architecture derivatives and the CT6 launch, a position he held since August 2012. Hester was previously the Global Vehicle Chief Engineer Premium luxury vehicles, a position he held from November 2010 after relocating back to the United States from China.
Hester has worked as a resident in the United States twice, China, Australia and is now permanent resident at Warren Tech Center, Michigan.
In China, Hester worked as the Vehicle Chief Engineer PATAC on vehicles such as the Buick Regal and LaCrosse, along with the Chevrolet Sonic. During his three years here, he worked on the Regal launch in China in conjunction with General Motors Europe (GME) and the first PATAC responsible PT Integration in the Global Epsilon platform. He also led the 1st Global Interior Execution on a GM Global Architecture in partnership with GME and GM North America (GMNA) for the LaCrosse. For the Sonic, he worked on the Global Gamma Launch in conjunction with GM Korea and was a part of the first PATAC Locally Developed CDOHC Engine integration into GM Global Architecture.
Originally from Australia, Hester relocated to the U.S. for the first time in November 2005 as the GMNA Program Engineering Manager. In this role he worked on the Global Rear Wheel Drive Advanced Vehicle Development for the Zeta (Holden VE Commodore and Chevrolet Camaro) platforms.
Hester’s career began in Australia at GM Holden as the Technical Support Engineer in October 1995. Here he worked on rear-wheel-drive vehicles, such as the Holden Commodore and Statesman. Hester’s final position held at Holden was as the Technical Assistant for the Holden CEO where he assisted with cross functional assignments, responsible for the Holden global business operations including marketing, manufacturing, IT, purchasing, engineering, design, and finance.
Hester earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Latrobe University in Victoria, Australia in 1994.