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GM Names Boler-Davis New EVP of Global Manufacturing

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Senior Vice President Global Connected Customer Experience Alicia Boler-Davis and GM CEO Mary Barra

New Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Alicia Boler-Davis and GM CEO Mary Barra
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General Motors announced today that Alicia Boler-Davis will be the company’s new executive vice president, Global Manufacturing. Boler-Davis will be replacing Jim DeLuca, who is opting to end his 37-year career in the automotive industry by entering into retirement. The change takes effect immediately.

Boler-Davis has been GM’s senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience since November 2014. In the role, she oversees the operation of General Motors’ connected customer activities, including OnStar.

Earlier this year, Boler-Davis was named the 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year at the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards. She was also named the 2014 Technologist of the Year by Women of Color Magazine.

As executive vice president, Global Manufacturing, Boler-Davis will report directly to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“With all the change facing our industry in the next several years, Alicia’s vast and diverse experience and proven track record for delivering results will help ensure our global manufacturing performance and capabilities are aligned to meet the challenges ahead,” said Barra. “Alicia’s strong manufacturing background, combined with her recent roles leading quality and the customer experience, will allow us to grow an even stronger customer-focused link to our people and processes in manufacturing.”

DeLuca’s retirement brings to an end a career that began in 1979 as a student at the former GM Institute (now Kettering University), where he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s in manufacturing management. He was named the VP of Quality for GM Asia Pacific and GM Daewoo Auto & Technology in November 2007, and prior to his latest role, he served as the VP of Manufacturing for GMIO from 2013.

“Jim has played a key role in driving significant improvements across the globe in quality and manufacturing costs,” said Barra. “Jim’s dedication and strong commitment to building relationships throughout his career has set an example for his team and the company.”