Country Manager; Director GM Advanced Technical Center Israel; Director, Corp Venture Capital
Gil Golan is the Director of General Motors Advanced Technical Center Israel (GM-ATCI) as well as a Director at General Motors Corporate Ventures. GM-ATCI is mostly responsible for autonomous, active safety and connected vehicles technology development. The site employs world experts (scientists & engineers), who work on the most complex challenges of the new mobility era, including: smart sensors and perception, active safety, cognitive driving (AI, DNN), cybersecurity, UX, natural speech, connectivity, infotainment, vehicle controls and robotics. Gil joined General Motors HQ (Michigan) in 1999 to attend a yearlong corporate leadership development program (GMOF), along with globally selected leaders. Upon program completion, he was appointed Managing Director of the GM-UMIT JV. In this position, Gil led a small team focusing on scouting & screening innovations and new technologies for Global Product Development (GDP). In 2002 Gil was appointed Director of Global Strategy (R&D), and led the establishment of the global R&D Network (including sites in China, Russia, India, Israel, and in Silicon Valley). He also coordinated work with Governments, National Labs, Hi-Tech Startups & Industrial Partners. In 2008, Gil moved to Israel to establish a new GM site (GM-ATCI), from the grounds up. The first phase included establishment of basic corporate processes, along with onboarding top talent in emerging non-traditional automotive technologies. This helped define GM‘s strategic charter locally. The GM site is located in the heart of a vibrant hi-tech ecosystem. Gil is also a member of GM Ventures team, overseeing responsibilities for the Israeli Hi-Tech sector (investment in startups, maintaining relationship with the local VC community). Additionally, Gil oversees the local procurement business (about ~ $100M/year). Golan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Executive Education programs of both Harvard business school (2006) and Stanford (2015) graduate schools of business.