Charles E. Freese, Executive Director, GM Powertrain Engineering, General Motors Company
Charlie Freese is Executive Director, GM Powertrain Engineering, responsible for GM's Global Fuel Cell Activities. He leads GM's world-wide fuel cell development organization, with sites in Michigan, New York, California, Washington DC, Hawaii, and Germany. Charlie has over 22 years of experience in the automotive industry. In 2003, he moved to General Motors Corporation, as Executive Director for Global Diesel Engineering. At GM Powertrain, Freese was responsible for establishing and leading the Global Diesel Engineering organization. In 2008, he assumed responsibility for GM's Global Fuel Cell Activities, as Executive Director. He is responsible for fuel cell R&D, product engineering, development, manufacturing, and strategic planning. In 2009, Freese was appointed to the Board of Directors for Giner Electrochemical Systems. In 2011, he chaired the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Conference. Freese holds three degrees from the University of Michigan: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering Management. He has published multiple technical papers in the field of internal combustion engines, holds 9 patents, and was honored in 2000 by the Automotive Hall of Fame with the Young Leadership and Excellence Award.