Bob Lutz, GM Vice Chairman – Global Product Development, will retire at the end of 2009. In the interim, he will move into a new role, effective 1 April 2009, as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor to continue to provide strategic input into GM’s global design and key product initiatives.
Tom Stephens, currently Executive Vice President, Global Powertrain and Global Quality, will become Vice Chairman – Global Product Development, reporting to President and Chief Operating Officer Fritz Henderson. In this new assignment, Stephens will maintain his responsibility for overseeing GM’s global quality activity.
Concurrent with this appointment, GM is restructuring its global powertrain group to integrate powertrain functional activities into their respective global GM functions. Accordingly, in his new role, Stephens will have responsibility for global powertrain engineering, in addition to global design, product engineering, product planning and program management.
Powertrain manufacturing will report to Gary Cowger, Group Vice President of GM Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations. Other staffs that support the GM Powertrain organization will be integrated into their respective global functions. These moves represent another step in GM’s restructuring initiative to create a leaner, more efficient organization.