VIENNA – Andor Paizer is appointed managing director of the new General Motors Powertrain Uzbekistan YoAJ joint-venture engine plant.

Paizer, a native of Hungary, joins GM Powertrain Uzbekistan from his previous role overseeing General Motors Powertrain Hungary Ltd. in Szentgotthard, Hungary.

Also moving to the Uzbek plant is Danny D’Haese, appointed chief financial officer. He previously held the position of financial controller for GM Powertrain Europe in Turin, Italy.

Construction of the Uzbek manufacturing operations began in the Tashkent region in late December, with start of production set for March 2011. GM holds a majority 52% stake in the JV.

Szilveszter Soos, currently production manager at GM Powertrain Hungary, temporarily will replace Paizer at the plant.