Sam Winegarden, Vice President Powertrain Global Engines, General Motors Company

Sam Winegarden was appointed Vice President Powertrain Global Engines effective April of this year. In March, 2011 he also assumed co-leadership with Jim Lanzon of Powertrain Engineering. Winegarden began his career with General Motors in 1969, as an engineering co-op student with the Buick Motor Division in Flint, Michigan, while attending General Motors Institute. He has held several engineering positions of increasing responsibility with Buick and the former Buick-Olds-Cadillac (BOC) Group. In 1986 he joined BOC-Flint Powertrain as Director of Validation. In 1989, he was appointed Chief Engineer of BOC-Detroit Powertrain. In this capacity, he was responsible for the 4.9L V8, Northstar V8 and Premium V6 Engines. In 1998, he became Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the Small Block Product Team. Winegarden earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1974 and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1986.