Don Walkowicz Named USCAR Executive Director

Mar 30, 2006, 00:00 ET from United States Council for Automotive Research

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald Walkowicz, veteran
 automotive executive and twice executive director on-loan to the United States
 Council for Automotive Research was named to the USCAR executive director post
 today (March 30) by the USCAR Council.  His appointment is effective
     Walkowicz, an automotive management consultant, worked for General Motors
 Corporation until 2001.  He previously served two non-consecutive two-year
 terms as USCAR's executive director at a time when the position was filled on
 a rotating basis by each of USCAR's member companies -- DaimlerChrysler
 Corporation, Ford Motor Company and GM.
     In his first term, as founding executive director in 1992, Walkowicz
 oversaw the creation of USCAR as a pioneering entity for U.S. auto industry
 research and development collaboration.  During this period, he also
 participated in negotiations with the Federal Government that led to the
 creation of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles in 1993. In his
 second term beginning in 1999, he oversaw USCAR's consortia and continued work
 with PNGV, which helped to lay the foundation for technologies being applied
 in the development of today's hybrids and fuel cell vehicles.
     "We are very pleased to welcome back Don Walkowicz, as USCAR executive
 director," said Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, vice president for Ford Research and
 Advanced Engineering, who serves on the governing three-member USCAR Council
 with Larry Burns, vice president for GM Research & Development and Strategic
 Planning, and Mark Chernoby, vice president for DaimlerChrysler Advanced
 Vehicle Engineering.
     "Don's proven technical leadership, solid managerial record and prior
 USCAR successes make him the right leader to grow USCAR's collaborative
 research portfolio," Schmidt said, on behalf of the Council.  "His
 demonstrated drive for results and wealth of automotive knowledge will
 strengthen the many research efforts already underway at USCAR and will allow
 him to jump start new initiatives."
     Walkowicz began his GM career as a mechanical engineering student while
 attending Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute).  Through
 the years, his assignments included numerous operational, administrative and
 planning posts as part of the corporate Engineering Staff.  In 1988, he became
 manager, Business and Technology Planning, for the GM Technical Staffs Group.
 Between USCAR assignments, he served as director, Technology Leveraging and
 Planning, at GM's Research and Development Center.
     He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from
 Kettering University (GMI) and an executive Master of Business Administration
 degree from Michigan State University.
     "I look forward to further expanding the research activities of USCAR and
 strengthening its role as the premier collaborative organization for U.S.
 automotive technology development," Walkowicz said.  "We want to build on the
 great partnerships we have with government, including the U.S. Department of
 Energy, the national laboratories, automotive suppliers and others, as we
 identify new collaboration opportunities."
     USCAR facilitates cooperative research among DaimlerChrysler Corporation,
 Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, which share the common goal
 of strengthening the technology base of the U.S. automotive industry.

SOURCE United States Council for Automotive Research