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William F. Bertagni appointed president of PATAC and GM China vice president of vehicle engineering

SHANGHAI – William F. Bertagni is now new president of the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) and GM China vice president of Vehicle Engineering starting from August 1, 2017, according to a company news release.

Bertagni has replaced Dr. Tobias Sünner, who will repatriate to Europe.

“We appreciate the work that Tobias has done in China for the past two years,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM China Matt Tsien. “Under his leadership, PATAC implemented several important product programs for SAIC-GM. It is in a strong position for sustainable growth.”

Bertagni began his GM career in 1984 with GM do Brasil. His key positions have included director of the GM do Brasil Engineering Center; vice president of GM Korea, where he was responsible for the development of GM’s global small cars architecture that included the Chevrolet Sonic and Trax, Buick Encore and Opel Mokka; and GM South America vice president of Product Engineering, where he managed all product-related activities at the GM South America Engineering Center for global markets.

Prior to the new assignment in China, Bertagni served as GM Europe vice president of Vehicle Engineering, overseeing all product-related activities executed by the GM Europe Engineering Center for global markets.

“William brings to PATAC a strong background in automotive engineering in Europe, the Americas and Korea,” said Tsien. “His global expertise will benefit PATAC, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and carrying out important projects for SAIC-GM and its shareholders.”

PATAC is a 50:50 joint venture between GM and SAIC. It was founded in June 1997. PATAC provides world-class automotive engineering services, including design, development, testing and validation. It has full-scale vehicle and powertrain development capabilities. Among its recent achievements is the development of the Chevrolet FNR-X all-purpose sports concept vehicle, which premiered at Auto Shanghai 2017 in April.

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