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BMW has hired away former Opel exec Frank Weber, according to Automotive News Europe. In his new position, Weber will report to Klaus Draeger, BMW's head of research and development. The hiring of Weber shows that automakers value expertise in the alternative-technology vehicle segment, since BMW rarely snags execs from its competition, preferring to promote from within. Adding Weber to its roster of employees is a move that should provide BMW with a boost in electrified vehicle expertise as its

For the past two and a half years, readers here at ABG have come to know Frank Weber as the leader of the team working to transform the Chevrolet Volt from a wild-eyed concept to viable production car. Weber was the Global Chief Engineer for electric vehicles at GM during his time working in the U.S. A couple of weeks ago, GM announced that Weber would return to Germany to take a high level position at Opel. This, of course, was when Opel was still set to be sold to Magna International.

Frank Weber and the Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

Frank Weber and the Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery