Volkswagen Hires Former GM Exec

BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen AG says it has hired the former boss of GM's German subsidiary Adam Opel GmbH to oversee development of its international projects.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that Hans Demant, currently General Motors Co.'s vice president for global intellectual property rights, will join as of October 1.

The automaker, based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said the 59-year-old will be in charge "of the coordination of international projects" without providing further details.

Demant was Opel's chief executive between 2004 and January 2010, when he was replaced by GM Europe president Nick Reilly.

Demant has been with Opel since 1972, where his responsibilities included product development and handling the company's small car production lines.

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