Thomas Külpp

Chief Information Officer Opel Automobile GmbH

1,350 systems in 880 days: What the transition from GM to Groupe PSA means for Opel IT

Opel/Vauxhall have been part of Groupe PSA since August 1, 2017. Previously, the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker had been part of the General Motors family for 88 years – and was fully integrated, especially with regard to IT solutions. Ever since the change of ownership, Opel IT has mainly been focusing on one project: the fast, safe and efficient relocation of the solutions into the Groupe PSA system environment. This is always performed in line with PACE!, Opel’s future plan, which will help to company become sustainably profitable, global and electric.

And “PACE!” or speed is also key in the IT transition program. The team around Thomas Külpp wants to have successfully completed the takeover of the GM systems by the end of 2019 already. In parallel, the team is working intensively on the integration of these systems into the Groupe PSA system environment. In doing so, synergy effects and innovations are paramount.

The CIO will explain precisely how he wants to achieve this at the automotiveIT Kongress 2019.


After graduating from the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Thomas Külpp started his career at Opel as a mechanical engineer in 1989. He has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing IT, where he held various positions.

After managing IT at several Opel production sites and completing an international assignment in the US, he moved to Sales & Marketing to assume responsibility for all Opel S&M systems.

The father of two children has been Chief Information Officer of Opel Automobile GmbH since August 2017.  In this position he is, amongst other things, responsible for the migration of the Opel IT landscape to Groupe PSA systems.