DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that Eugene (Gene) Stefanyshyn has been named Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development to drive continual improvements in racing performance.
He will be based at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.
In this role, Stefanyshyn will lead and shape NASCAR’s future approach to Competition by utilizing and developing innovations that advance the racing product and fan experience. Additionally, he will work in close collaboration with other NASCAR departments and industry stakeholders to develop a leading edge culture for NASCAR surrounding engineering and technology.
Stefanyshyn, a native of Ontario, Canada, will join NASCAR on May 13, 2013. His hiring concludes a thorough four-month search that was led by Courland International. He will report directly to NASCAR President Mike Helton and will work closely with Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell and Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton.
Stefanyshyn has been a leader at General Motors working in various capacities for more than 30 years, most recently serving as the company’s Executive Director, Global Product Development Quality, where he managed upwards of 250 employees across four global regions.
Through his three-decade tenure at GM, Stefanyshyn has held increasingly senior roles spanning all facets of vehicle design and development, global project management, engineering strategy, finance, manufacturing and quality control. During his career he has lived in Detroit, Michigan, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Germany, and has played key roles on projects for GM in several other global regions including China.