John K. Catterall

Executive Director

The Auto/Steel Partnership

John Catterall is executive director of the Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP). In this role, he is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the partnership between auto and steel investors and executing strategic projects to develop lightweight steel solutions to meet the current and future needs of automakers.

Mr. Catterall’s career has spanned nearly four decades in automotive engineering. His expertise lies in engineering and finite element analysis of body, chassis and closure structures. Most recently, he held the position of global innovation manager for body systems at General Motors for more than 16 years. In that role, he led the GM global innovation team in developing global innovation solutions for all body systems. Prior to GM, his career experience has been in project execution, management, coordination and technical leadership with companies such as Autokinetics, Inc., Desktop Engineering International Inc., Hartwick Professionals Inc., Lexel Engineering, H.W. Structures, Austin Rover and Leyland Vehicles (the latter three are in the United Kingdom).

Mr. Catterall holds degrees in Mechanical and Production Automotive Engineering from Bolton Technical College and Leyland Technical College in England, UK.