GM moves Opel board director to run Australia

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RUSSELSHEIM--Peter Hanenberger, 57, a member of the Opel board responsible for development, has been named chairman of General Motors' Australian subsidiary.

GM had intended to make Mr. Hanenberger chairman and CEO of Adam Opel, based in Russelsheim, last November. However, some of the management and the workers' union opposed his appointment, holding him responsible for the reduced quality in Opel cars which led to their loss of image and falling market share.

As a consequence of the struggle, GM named Robert Hendry, who joined from Swedish car maker Saab.

Copyright April 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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