We’ve been hearing the name Karl Stracke a lot lately – most notably in relation to under-the-radar product announcements and other juicy tidbits of information regarding our favorite automaker. But since Mr. Stracke is a relatively new name in the General Motors enthusiast community, I thought it would could take a few minutes to briefly go over Mr. Stracke’s biography – past and present.
Born in Lichtenfels-Goddelsheim, Germany, on June 22, 1956, Karl-Friedrich Stracke is a mechanical engineer who joined General Motors through Adam Opel in 1979. After serving as an engineer in several positions, Strake served as a director in the Bochum Plant (Werke 1), Germany from 1995 to 1999. He then served as director of Product Development at the International Technical Development Center in Russelsheim, Germany until 2004.
Between 2004 and 2009, Stracke held several executive director positions in Engineering in both Germany and the U.S. and had a brief stint as Executive Director at Global GM Vehicle Integration, Proving Grounds and Test Labs. And that’s how he got to the position he holds today as the Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering, to which he was appointed in December 2009.
To complement his engineering education, Mr. Stracke also studied business management at the General Motors Institute from 1984 to 1985. He is married with two daughters.
So, did we miss anything about Karl Stracke? If not, we look forward to meeting him in the near future and hearing some info on GM’s future product plans as well as the GM culture at large.