GM Announces Management Changes
DETROIT - Tom Gottschalk, GM executive vice president, Law and Public Policy, will retire April 1, 2007, GM chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced today.
Bo Andersson and Jim Queen are being promoted to GM group vice presidents, effective April 1, in recognition of their significant global responsibilities and major ongoing contributions to GM’s progress. Andersson will continue to lead the Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization, and Queen will remain the leader for Global Engineering.
Robert Osborne was named GM group vice president and general counsel on Sept. 1, 2006, replacing Gottschalk in that role.
Wagoner also announced that Ken Cole, currently GM vice president for Government Relations, will assume responsibility for public policy, and will be named GM vice president, Global Public Policy and Government Relations, effective April 1. He will become a member of GM’s Automotive Strategy Board and report to Wagoner.
“Tom Gottschalk has not only provided strong leadership for our legal and public policy activities, he has been a valued advisor to me on a wide variety of GM business issues,” said Wagoner. “His judgment, knowledge and passion for doing what’s right have been tremendous assets to GM. We’ll greatly miss him, but wish him all the best.”
Gottschalk joined GM in 1994 as senior vice president and general counsel, and was named to his current position in May, 2001. Upon retirement, he will become of counsel to his former law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, in its Washington, D.C., office.
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