Steve Zimmer named USCAR executive director

Zimmer comes to USCAR with 35 years of automotive experience, including 24 years at Chrysler and 10 years at Ford Motor Co.

Steve Zimmer has been appointed executive director of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), as announced by the USCAR Council. He succeeds retiring USCAR Executive Director Don Walkowicz, effective July 1.

Zimmer comes to USCAR with 35 years of automotive experience, including 24 years at Chrysler and 10 years at Ford Motor Co. Most recently, he served as executive director of USAutoPARTS, following his retirement from Chrysler LLC in 2007. While at Chrysler, he served as its director for the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, a collaboration among the members of USCAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, five energy companies and two utilities.

He began his involvement with USCAR in 1997 as Chrysler’s director for the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) and continued as that program transitioned to the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. He also was Chrysler’s representative on the USCAR Leadership Group from 2004 through 2007.

“We are very pleased to welcome Steve back to USCAR, now as executive director,” said Gerhard Schmidt, USCAR Council member and chief technical officer/vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Co. Schmidt serves on the three-member governing USCAR Council with Steve Williams, vice president of Advance Engineering, Planning and Regulatory Affairs at Chrysler Group LLC, and Alan Taub, vice president of Global Research and Development at General Motors Co.