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GM Restructures Global Engineering

April 24, 2014

General Motors announced the restructuring of its Global Vehicle Engineering organization – a move aimed at addressing functional safety and compliance in its vehicles, improving cross-system integration, and delivering more consistent performance across vehicle programs.

The restructuring creates two new organizations: Global Product Integrity and Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems. 

The Global Product Integrity organization will use advanced analysis tools and processes to flag and prevent problems during vehicle development, while also mining field data to react quickly to safety and product quality issues customers may experience, GM said.

Ken Morris, currently executive director of global chassis engineering, has been named vice president of global product integrity. The newly created role and organization will focus on vehicle, powertrain and electrical systems engineering as well as vehicle performance, industrial engineering and validation. The organization also includes the recently formed Global Vehicle Safety organization led by Jeff Boyer, who is overseeing the addition of 35 product investigators. Supplier quality will now become part of the new Global Product Integrity organization. 

Ken Kelzer, currently vice president of GM Europe powertrain engineering, has been named vice president of global vehicle components and subsystems. His new role and organization will focus on engineering operations, components development, advanced vehicle development and other engineering business initiatives.

With the restructuring, John Calabrese, vice president of global vehicle engineering, has elected to retire after more than 33 years with GM. He will remain with the company through August to assist with the transition. 

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