Mr. Robert A. Lutz
After completing Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, Mr. Robert Lutz was selected for the NAVCAD program in April 1955. He received his naval aviator wings the following year and was commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant. Mr. Lutz was released from active duty in April 1959 with the rank of First Lieutenant. He served as a reserve aviator until 1965, accumulating 1,300 hours predominantly in single-seat, single-engine jet aircraft such as the F9F series, the McDonnell "Banshee," and the Douglas "Skyhawk," and attained the rank of Captain. Mr. Lutz is currently the Vice Chairman of Global Product Development of General Motors. He previously served as the Chairman, GM North America of General Motors Corporation. He is the former Vice Chairman of Product Development and Chairman of GM North America, as well as the former Chairman, President and CEO of Exide Corporation.
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Mr. Lutz became a U.S. citizen in 1943. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1961 and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Master of Business Adminstration the following year from UC-Berkeley. Mr. Lutz currently maintains flight proficiency in a privately owned McDonnell-Douglas MD-500E jet helicopter, an ex-Soviet Air Force L-39 "Albatross" jet aircraft and a Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha jet.
Mr. Lutz and his wife, Denise, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.