Executive Chairman of Maserati
Chief Technical Officer
Harald Wester was named Executive Chairman of Maserati and his role of Chief Technical Officer (CTO) was expanded to include global powertrain along with global vehicle engineering in July 2019. He has also been a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) and CTO since September 2011.
In the expanded CTO role, Mr. Wester will oversee all product development and engineering for the Group’s ongoing product strategy, including the expansion of its internal combustion and hybrid/electric powertrain offerings.
He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Maserati after he was appointed to the position in October 2018. Mr. Wester has also served as Head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati (until May 2016) and Abarth (until 2013).
Mr. Wester was appointed CTO for Fiat Group in September 2007. In addition to this role, in August 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maserati S.p.A., in January 2009 CEO of Abarth & C. S.p.A., and in January 2010 CEO of Alfa Romeo Automobiles.
Mr. Wester started his professional career at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, where he was General Manager of the Vehicle Research and New Concepts department from 1991 to 1995.
Later that year, Mr. Wester joined Audi AG in Ingolstadt where he became Program Manager for the A2 models and Special Vehicles, a position that he held until January 1999.
Subsequently, he joined Ferrari S.p.A. at Maranello as Director of Product Development, where he remained until January 2002.
Mr. Wester was then hired by Magna Steyr AG, Magna AG (Graz, Vienna) as Group President Engineering and CTO (Research, Development and Technologies).
In 2004, he joined the Fiat Group where he took on the role of CTO of Fiat Group Automobiles.
He obtained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Braunschweig in Braunschweig, Germany.
Mr. Wester was born in Linz am Rhein, Germany.