Friday 21 November 2014

GM job changes for purchasing, powertrain

General Motors has announced a series of leadership changes affecting purchasing and powertrain.

“We understand that we have to earn our customers’ trust and loyalty, and that every interaction matters,” said chief executive officer Mary Barra. “Vehicle purchase is just the start.  We intend to earn customers for life by delivering exceptional quality and customer care, and these changes put us on a path to achieving that.”

Alicia Boler-Davis, currently senior vice president, global quality and customer experience, is named senior vice president, global connected customer experience.  Boler-Davis continues to report to Barra.

Grace Lieblein, currently vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, is named vice president, global quality and reports to Barra. Under Lieblein’s leadership, GM claims Lieblin has set the “foundation for more productive supplier relations”, based on greater collaboration, dedication to quality fundamentals and a focus on mutual success, which has been recognized by the supplier community as a model for the industry. Lieblein has extensive experience in manufacturing, vehicle engineering, purchasing and global markets. GM says Lieblein is well-positioned to accelerate GM’s progress in vehicle quality.

Steve Kiefer, currently vice president, global powertrain, is named vice president, global purchasing and supply chain. Kiefer reports to Mark Reuss, executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain. He will continue to build on the progress Lieblein established with suppliers.

Dan Nicholson, currently executive director of powertrain embedded controls, is promoted to global powertrain vice president, assuming Kiefer’s responsibility and reports to Mark Reuss. Nicholson’s broad-range global experience in quality, powertrain development, engine calibration, and controller and software integration are seen as especially valuable as embedded controls and software increasingly are being applied to engine and drivetrain systems.

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