Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
About GM: Melissa Howell
Melissa A. Howell was appointed Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources in February 2013. Previously, she was executive director of human resources for General Motors in North America.
Howell has 22 years of successful global human resources management and labor relations experience. She also has expertise in leadership development, talent management (progression and succession), executive and classified compensation administration, organizational design and development, and culture change.
Howell began her career at GM in 1990 as a graduate school intern, working at the now-closed Willow Run Assembly Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich. In 1993, she joined the GM Benefits Staff at GM Headquarters in Detroit, in the life and disability area.
She joined the International Operations Group in 1995 as the human resources North American Operations liaison to the GM Europe region and, a year later, was transferred to GM Europe headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, as the executive compensation manager. She was later named human resources manager for GM Europe Manufacturing.
Howell was transferred to Singapore in 2000 as regional human resources director for GM’s Asia Pacific region. In 2002, she repatriated as the personnel director for the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion, Mich. A year later, she was named director of human resource for GM Manufacturing Engineering. In 2006, Howell was appointed director of human resources for Corporate Staffs, and in 2009, she became human resources director for Global Sales and Marketing.
Howell has a bachelor of arts in labor relations from Michigan State University and a master of arts in industrial relations from Wayne State University.
She lives in Clarkston, Mich., with her husband, Kevin, and two teenage sons. As a cancer survivor, Howell has a keen interest in supporting others affected by breast cancer and in promoting greater research into its causes and potential cures. She also is active as a volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Detroit; a member of the board of directors for the Judson Center in Royal Oak, Mich.; and on the program committee for Inforum Michigan.