Senior Vice President and Chief International Officer
Gene Stefanyshyn is senior vice president and chief international officer at NASCAR and is responsible for leading and shaping NASCAR’s approach to markets outside the U.S. with the objective of growing the sport and entering new markets. He works closely with the domestic NASCAR departments and key industry stakeholders to develop plans and strategies to realize the international growth objectives. He is based at the NASCAR Office in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Stefanyshyn joined NASCAR in May of 2013 as vice president, Innovation and Racing Development. In this position Stefanyshyn provided leadership in creating a blueprint for transforming competition in the areas of rules, governance, deterrence, penalties, inspection and officiating. Under his leadership, NASCAR introduced several innovations such as the Air Titan Track Drying System, Automated Pit Road Officiating, Optical Scanning Station, Composite Race Bodies for the Xfinity Series, and a cost-effective engine for the Truck Series.
Stefanyshyn joined the NASCAR management team after more than 30 years with General Motors (GM), with many as a member of its senior leadership team. His final position at GM was that of executive director, Global Product Development Quality where he managed upwards of 250 employees across four global regions. Prior to that, he served as a vehicle line executive and was responsible for introducing 14 new vehicle lines into the marketplace with the last one being the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Through his three-decade tenure at GM, Stefanyshyn held increasingly senior roles spanning all facets of vehicle design and development, global project management, engineering strategy, finance, manufacturing and quality control. During his career he has lived in Canada, USA, Sweden, Germany and Australia and has played key roles on GM projects in several other global regions including China.
Stefanyshyn holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.