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GM Vice Chairman Thomas G. Stephens named Chief Technology Officer

General Motors has named vice chairman Thomas G. Stephens its new Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

In a release, GM said that the new CTO position is a major element of CEO Dan Akerson’s goal to make the company more customer driven and technology focused. In December, Akerson elevated Joel Ewanick to Global Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for GM’s brands globally.

As GM vice chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Stephens is tasked with strengthening the company’s technology vision and focus, working across the global organization to anticipate and deliver innovation for customers in each market. Stephens also will be responsible for the company’s research and development organization led by GM vice president Alan Taub.

Stephens most recently was vice chairman, Global Product Operations. Over his 42-year career, he has held a number of key positions, including vice president of Engineering in both the former GM Powertrain organization and GM Truck Group, vice president of Vehicle Integration and executive vice president of Global Powertrain and Global Quality.

Early in his career, Stephens was assistant chief engineer of the Cadillac Northstar engine, and plant manager of the Livonia Engine Plant. Based on his broad experience and expertise, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, for his leadership role in the development of automotive powertrains with improved performance, fuel efficiency, and lower emissions.

Stephens will continue to report to Akerson and remains on the company's Executive Committee. His move becomes effective on 1 Feb. A successor for Stephens in Global Product Development will be announced soon.

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