- Vice President Vehicle Engineering, Europe
- Member of the Management Board of Opel Automobile GmbH
William F. Bertagni was appointed Vice President Vehicle Engineering, Europe and member of the board of Opel Automobile GmbH, effective April 1, 2016. In his position, he leads a team of thousands of engineers at the International Technical Development Center (ITDC) in Rüsselsheim.
He previously held the position of Vice President Product Engineering at General Motors South America.
Bertagni was born in Sao Paulo on June 16, 1960. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia in Sao Paulo in 1983 and immediately started his career with General Motors as responsible lead engineer for an engine program at GM do Brasil. Bertagni also earned an MBA at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Sao Paulo in 1990.
Bertagni has more than 30 years of experience in Product Development including leadership assignments in several regions, i.e. the position as General Director of the GM do Brasil engineering center from 2002 until 2005. From 2005 to 2012, he was the Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Small Cars based in Korea, and Vice President of GM Korea.
Bertagni also gained European experience between 1991 and 1994 when he worked as an engineer in Russelheim.