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
"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