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Tony Francavilla Named General Motors’ New VP of Global Quality

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Tony Francavilla

General Motors announced on Wednesday that it has appointed Tony Francavilla its new Vice President, Global Quality, effective immediately. The 58-year-old Francavilla will henceforth head up GM’s efforts to set a global standard for product quality, bringing with him the experience gleaned from a 30-plus-year career with the company.

He will report directly to General Motors Chairman and CEO Marry Barra.

“We intend to earn customers for life by delivering exceptional quality,” Mary Barra said. “Tony’s diverse technical expertise and global leadership experience position him well to further accelerate GM’s progress in every aspect of vehicle quality.”

Francavilla earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgy from McGill University and an MBA from Niagara University. His career with General Motors began in 1979 when he was a co-op student at General Motors Canada for St. Catharines Unversity. In the years since, he has served in a number of leadership roles and roles pertaining specifically to Quality.

Francavilla’s past positions include plant manager at Ellesmere Port in the United Kingdom and at Gliwice in Poland. Francavilla was also GM Poland’s managing director. Other roles include heading up manufacturing operations at GM Lansing Grand River, where GM builds the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans; Lansing Delta Township, which builds the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse; and the Flint Truck plant. In his most recent role, he served as the executive director of global supplier quality at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

Francavilla fills the role left vacant since the end of 2015 due to the retirement of Grace Lieblein.