Kristen Siemen is the Executive Director of Global Vehicle Engineering Validation for General Motors. She was named to this position in February of 2018. Siemen joined General Motors in 1994 as a Senior Project Engineer for Theft Deterrent Subsystems. She has held numerous engineering and management positions of increasing responsibility including Electrical Vehicle Systems Engineer, Engineering Group Manager of General Assembly Engineering, Executive Technical Assistant for Vehicle Manufacturing Engineering, and Engineering Group Manager of Electrical Passive Safety Systems. She was promoted to Director of Interior Systems – Interior Trim in 2007. In 2008, she became Director of Body, Safety, Chassis, and Charging Electronics, and in 2010, she was promoted to the position of Executive Director Global Electrical Systems. In 2012 Siemen transitioned into the position of Executive Director Global Thermal Systems and the Toluca,MexicoRegional Engineering Center.
Siemen earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1992 from Oakland University. Upon graduation, she started her professional career at Chrysler Corporation as a Chrysler Institute of Engineering Manufacturing Engineer while completing her Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, also from Oakland University in 1994. Siemen currently serves as a member of the Catalyst Board of Advisors and the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board. She is also GM’s executive sponsor for the Society of Women Engineers and GM’s career reentry intern program “Take 2”. Siemen is married and has three sons, Jacob (15), Nathan (11), and Nicholas (9).