ATLANTA – Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience, General Motors, was named the 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year during the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards. Boler-Davis was recognized for the work she’s accomplished at GM, and for the impact she’s had on the automotive industry in creating new opportunities for women and minorities.
Boler-Davis has had a remarkable career with GM, which began with a manufacturing engineer role in 1994. During her career, she has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering and Product Development. Her passion for continuous improvement and focus on putting the customer at the center quickly propelled her to the top, including becoming GM’s first African-American female plant manager, where she led a number of significant launches for the automaker.
“Throughout my career, I was pushed to try new things – things that I hadn’t done before, and things that I couldn’t have imagined doing,” said Boler-Davis. “I truly believe that each of us can put our talents to use to change the world if we are willing to be bold, to take risks, and to write the books that need to be written.”
Her resume includes a number of firsts, which includes her current role where she is responsible for leading GM’s global efforts to provide customers with the best overall service and experience in the industry, as well as market-leading connectivity and infotainment products and services. Her scope includes GM’s nearly 20-year-old OnStar safety, security and services brand, which recently passed 1 billion customer interactions. She also leads GM’s Urban Active team, which is developing solutions to capitalize on the future of personal mobility, including car sharing.
“Each year, we look for individuals who overcome significant challenges, who achieve excellence in their respective areas, and Alicia has certainly done that as one of the highest-ranking African-American women in the auto industry,” said Xernona Clayton, founder, president and CEO, Trumpet Awards. “Despite the global size and scope of her current job responsibilities, her ongoing commitment to the next generation of diverse talent sets an example that we are proud to recognize today.”
Individuals such as R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, global humanitarian and advocate Princess Basmah Bint Saud of Saudi Arabia and comedian George Wallace were also recognized during the awards ceremony.
The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards will air on Bounce TV on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET, and on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 11a.m. ET.
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, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. 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.