CEO Mary Barra has been pushing forward members of her team into key positions among top brass executives, with the latest step being the naming of Cathy Clegg as vice president of North America manufacturing.

According to the No.1 US automaker the latest take over is among the moves the automaker does to push past the slew of recalls that hit the company this year, aiming to focus its attention on the timing and improvement of new model launches.

The new chief executive officer, Mary Barra, the first female to have the top position at an important global automaker is also trying to improve quality and respond faster to safety flaws found in cars already sold.

“Cathy’s proven track record in key labor and manufacturing roles and her passion for innovation will be an asset to GM and her team,” said Jim DeLuca, executive vice president, GM Global Manufacturing. “Her demonstrated commitment to employees and our customers will help ensure our continued focus on safety and quality.”

Starting with July 1, Clegg would replace Gerald Johnson – who was in the position for less than a year – as he moves to head the operations excellence. Clegg, another GM veteran, just like Barra, has spent 31 years with the company and is now tasked to lead no less than 55 locations and a workforce of 74,000 persons, spread across Canada, US and Mexico.


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