GM Restructures Global Vehicle Line Teams

WARREN, Mich. – General Motors is restructuring its vehicle line team structure within its Global Product Development organization to consolidate current vehicle development executive roles and streamline global vehicle development.

  • Removes layer of management and reduces complexity
  • Accelerates decision making to drive greater efficiency

WARREN, Mich. – General Motors is restructuring its vehicle line team structure within its Global Product Development organization to consolidate current vehicle development executive roles and   streamline global vehicle development.

“The realignment reduces complexity and drives single-point accountability for the execution of our vehicle programs,” said Mary Barra, GM senior vice president, Global Product Development. “These changes allow the vehicle teams to focus on what they do best – develop industry-leading cars, trucks and crossovers that delight customers and deliver solid profit margins.”

In the previous structure, a product program was developed under the direction of a vehicle line executive, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer. In the new structure, product programs will be consolidated under one executive chief engineer for each program, all of whom will report to Doug L. Parks, who has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president, Product Programs. 

Parks was previously executive director and group vehicle line executive for electric cars, a position he held since March 2012.  He had also earlier served as global vehicle line executive and global vehicle chief executive for electric cars, including the Chevrolet Volt. 

The executive chief engineers will be totally responsible for their respective groups of vehicles from inception through production.  That includes defining the requirements of GM’s new vehicles to ensure they win in the marketplace as well as understanding the competitive landscape and managing cost, quality and performance targets.

These changes remove a layer of management and approximately 20 executive positions globally.  The new structure eliminates redundancy and reduces complexity – enabling faster decision making and instilling clear accountability in the vehicle development process.

The changes will be effective Aug. 1.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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