GM appoints Mary Barra to lead Global Product Development

General motors (NYSE: GM) announced today that Mary Barra, 49, will lead the Global Product Development organization as GM senior vice president responsible for managing the company’s 11 brands around the world.

According to the news release via media.gm.com, Barra, 49, will continue to report to Akerson and serve on the Executive Committee. Her move becomes effective Feb. 1.

“Mary will bring a fresh perspective to the critically important job of developing vehicles that delight global customers,” said Dan Akerson, GM Chairman and CEO. “Her broad experience in engineering, manufacturing and staff functions, combined with the ability to collaborate and build strong relationships will enhance the company’s ability to deliver the products today’s consumers demand.”

In this position, Barra will especially continue to focus on the customer in the areas of global design, vehicle and powertrain engineering, program management and quality with the goal of delivering the world's best vehicles. With more than 36,000 members, her team will also manage global strategic product alliances.

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