GM Announces Promotions, New Positions for Big EV Push
General Motors recently promoted three executives as part of its ambitious electric-vehicle development efforts.
Starting Oct. 1, Pamela Fletcher will be GM’s vice president of innovation. In this newly created role, she will report directly to CEO Mary Barra. Fletcher has been serving as GM’s vice president of global electric vehicle programs. She was a key player in GM’s plans to introduce 20 new EVs by 2023. Before that, she headed up the rollout of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and helped develop Super Cruise semi-autonomous technology for the Cadillac CT6.
Doug Parks, GM’s vice president of autonomous and electric vehicle programs and Fletcher’s current supervisor, says she will bring a mix of engineering and business experience to her new position. With this background, Parks says, Fletcher will be well-prepared to find and implement new ways for GM to grow its business and serve its customers.
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With Fletcher’s promotion, Parks will also have some new duties. He will take on Fletcher’s electric vehicle responsibilities while continuing in his current position.
Meanwhile, another GM executive is filling a new position, too. Michael Ableson, GM’s vice president of global strategy, will now be vice president of electric vehicle infrastructure.
As GM makes a push to develop more EVs, infrastructure will be a crucial part of whether the automaker succeeds or fails. Many parts of the country still don’t have enough charging stations to support widespread EV ownership. Existing charging facilities will need to be upgraded and many new ones will need to be added to encourage more customers to buy these vehicles.
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