At a meeting held by the Supervisory Board of Adam Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany on Tuesday it was announced that Susanna Webber, vice president, Purchasing and Supply Chain, at Opel/Vauxhall has been appointed a position on the company’s Management Board.  

Webber, who moved into her current role in September this year succeeding Tom McMillen, began her career with GM in 1997 as a buyer in Troy, Michigan, and has held various positions in Purchasing and Cost Management since.

In 2003, she transferred to GM Europe as a fuel systems global commodity manager and in the following year was in charge of purchasing electrical components as a director. In 2006 she returned to the US and was most recently executive director, GM Global Logistics where she oversaw a realignment of the OEM’s supply chain and the consolidation of several functions under the control of the logistics team, including containerisation, warehousing, sequencing and intercontinental movements.
During the bankruptcy proceedings, Webber also played a critical role in supplier relations as the lead representative for supplier communication for global purchasing and supply chain, where she won praise for helping to maintain healthy communication with suppliers during that period.
Webber will be speaking at the 2011 Automotive Logistics Europe conference, which will be held at the Kameha Grand Hotel in Bonn, Germany between 1-3 March next year ( The theme for this year’s conference, “Entering the age of responsible logistics”, reflects the attempts by manufacturers to shift toward a more balanced and holistic view of the automotive supply chain in Europe.