GM names Thomas G. Stephens as new Global Chief Technology Officer

A major element of GM CEO Akerson’s goal to making the company more customer driven and technology focused requires a new position of Chief Technology Officer. Thomas G. Stephens has been named to fill it.

According to the news release via media.gm.com, Stephens will strengthen the company’s technology vision and focus, working across the global organization to anticipate and deliver innovation for customers in each market.

His primary role is to seek creative solutions and game-changing technologies to help GM shape the automotive future, leveraging internal and external partnerships to benefit customers today and tomorrow.

Stephens, as GM vice chairman and Chief Technology Officer, will also be responsible for the company’s research and development organization led by GM vice president Alan Taub.

“Customers today expect and deserve the very best technology from their GM vehicles,” said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. “Tom will make sure that GM technology keeps up with our customers and keeps ahead of our competitors.”

Stephens most recent assignment was vice chairman, Global Product Operations, which has now been assigned to Mary Barr per a separate news release.

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