BEIJING – Navistar, Inc. announced here on June 9 the appointment of automotive industry veteran Rudi von Meister as its new President of China operations as the company works to finalize its joint venture agreements with Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (JAC).
Von Meister brings to Navistar extensive automotive and commercial vehicle experience specifically focused on the Chinese market. He spent 20 years with General Motors in a number of senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility, helping establish numerous GM operations in China, including GM’s automotive joint venture with SAIC and GM’s Delphi automotive systems business unit. In 2006, von Meister joined Fiat Group and served as general manager of China operations for the IVECO commercial vehicle division and vice president of business development at Fiat China.
Last September, Navistar signed joint venture agreements with JAC to build and market advanced diesel commercial engines and commercial vehicles in China, and expects to receive approval soon.