Gm Declares Management Metamorphosis

By: Iver Penn

Change is the only thing inevitable in this world. Both living and non-living things undergo change. The world needs change because this is what gives essence to each one's existence.

It is hugely a manifestation of improvement, though sometimes it is brought by negative things and sometimes brings negative results. But regardless of the contributing factors, as a sign of maturity and willingness to move on, every single individual must adopt to changes.

GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner recently declared a sequence of management appointments. These, in effect, will make some changes that will affect GM's global product development organization and regional leadership.

The current chairman and managing director of GM Holden Ltd. in Port Melbourne, Australia, Denny Mooney, is now the new GM vice president on global vehicle systems and integration. This 50 year old executive will seat on his new position starting on August 1. His new task is to supervise the implementation of the best practices fro General Motor's global engineering organization. He will also work with regional engineering officials to further uplift the global vehicle development system benefits of General Motors. Upon seating as the new VP, Mooney will report to Jim Queen, the GM group vice president on global engineering.

Fifty one year old Chris Gubbey who is currently the Shanghai GM executive vice president, will become chairman and managing director of GM Holden Ltd, starting July 1. He will report to Nick Reilly, the GM group vice president and president for GM Asia Pacific, upon the start of his new work.

Current president and managing director of GM South Africa, Bob Socia, is appointed as the new executive vice president for GM Shanghai. This 53 year old official will also have his new work on July 1 and report to Kevin Wale, the president and managing director of GM China Group.

The newly appointed GM LAAM vice president for African Operations at the same time president and managing director of GM South Africa is Steve Koch. This 55 year old executive is the current GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East vice president and regional director for Africa and Middle East Operations. Starting July 1, he will report to Maureen Kempston Darkes, the GM group vice president and president for GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East.

Currently the regional sales and marketing director for Middle East Operations, Terry Johnsson will become GM LAAM vice president for Middle East Operations. Starting June 1, this 46 year old official will also report to Maureen Kempston Darkes.

Wagoner, the one who made the management appointment announcement, said that the global product development organization and strong regional management of General Motors have contributed a lot to record sales in three out of four regions. It also improved the North America performance of the car manufacturer. Wagoner added that new leaders will play the major roles in continuing the strength of the company and helping to suffice the particular demands of the customers in each region.

These newly appointed officials are expected to bring in further improvements in the company. Along with this expectation is another one on the side of the employees. They must all cooperate with the leadership of the new ones for their company to achieve their corporate goals without compromising the demands of their customers.

About General Motors Corporation
Also known as GM or GMC, General Motors Corporation is the 2nd (after Toyota) largest car company based on sales revenue as of 2007. Maker of quality cars and their parts, GMC has around 284,000 employees all over the world.

It was founded in 1908, in Flint, Michigan and has global headquarters located at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In Zurich, Switzerland is their European headquarters. This American car maker produces its trucks and cars in 33 countries.

GM cars and trucks are sold under Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall brands.

GM Parts like and accessories are known in the market under GM Performance Parts, GM Goodwrench and ACDelco brands through GM Service and Parts Operations that supplies GM dealerships and distributors all over the world. The United States is GM's largest national market. This is followed by China, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

GM is the number 1 automaker when it comes to Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index (TQI).

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