GKN Automotive appoints new head of world-leading ePowertrain division

  • GKN Automotive boosts rapidly-expanding ePowertrain division further
    with crucial new appointment
  • Industry expert Dirk Kesselgruber announced as new President, ePowertrain
  • eDrive systems now powering over 1M electrified cars worldwide

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GKN Automotive, the leading global technology company, has announced Dirk Kesselgruber as the new President of its ePowertrain division.

Kesselgruber will be tasked with boosting the already rapidly expanding GKN eDrive business. He reports directly to GKN Automotive’s Chief Executive Officer, Liam Butterworth and joins from Schaeffler AG, where he was President of the Chassis Systems business.  This follows over 20 years of experience in senior roles in the global automotive industry, including posts at BMW, TRW Automotive and ZF.

Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive said: “Dirk is joining GKN Automotive at a crucial time for our business. Our advanced systems for electrified vehicles, combined with significant investments in people and technologies, have already put us in a market-leading position. But we intend to go further, both with our products and expanding our customer base. Dirk has the experience, expertise and leadership qualities to help us achieve that.”

Dirk Kesselgruber, who will join as President, ePowertrain on 1 October said: “It’s a great honour to be joining GKN Automotive, a company with such an impressive portfolio, true global leadership and a 20-year history of eDrive technologies.  I am relishing the opportunity to work with the leadership team, our expert engineers and our global customers to help drive the business forward to the next phase of growth.”

GKN eDrive systems are now powering over one million electrified vehicles. The latest technologies include a leading ‘three in one’ unit, combining inverter, motor and transmission, allowing lighter, smaller and more efficient electric drive systems. 


Notes to editors:


GKN Automotive is a global technology company. It specialises in developing, building and supplying market-leading driveline systems and advanced ePowertrain technologies, for most of the world’s automotive companies.

GKN Automotive’s market-leading Driveline division specialises in supplying an extensive range of technologies, spanning high-volume low-cost vehicles to top end premium cars with complex all-wheel drive driving dynamics.

The ePowertrain division now offers technology solutions for all electrified vehicles. It is a progressive pioneer of these technologies, with the first eDrive system being fitted to a production car over 20 years ago. It is now powering over one million electrified vehicles worldwide.

GKN Automotive is a global company, headquartered in the UK, operating in 21 countries and employing 27,000 people worldwide.



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