GM’s new global powertrain chief has a tough job image

General Motors, in the midst of the biggest safety scandal since it exited bankruptcy back in 2009 is also hard at work changing its strategy, corporate culture and – actually – overall heading.

That means CEO Mary Barra, who came to the top position back in January and already had her hand full just a month later, needs to make deep cuts and changes. One such example is the recent introduction of Steve Kiefer as the company’s global powertrain boss. Being the head of GM global purchasing and supply chain is truly a very hot seat – and after 15 months leading another important department – powertrain – he needs to be more poised, polished and communicative than ever. Last week the No. 1 US automaker announced it was making important executive changes – with Kiefer among them. He replaced, effective immediately, Grace Lieblein, 54, who gave up her seat as vice president of global purchasing and supply chain to become the vice president of global quality.

While the other two senior executives that came to new positions are directly reporting to CEO Mary Barra, Kiefer takes his decisions up to product-development boss Mark Reuss. Kiefer, 51, has come back to work with general Motors in 2013, after a long-time run as senor manager at Delphi, where he eventually became senior vice president and head of Delphi’s powertrain operations. He originally started his automotive career at GM back in 1983.

Via Automotive News Europe