General Motors Re-Maps Engineering Unit With Two Divisions

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General Motors (NYSE:GM), in response to the events that led up to its 2.6 million vehicle recall earlier this year, will be restructuring its engineering department, and splitting it into two divisions with separate leaders to help improve quality and safety, the company says.

GM will form one pillar named Global Product Integrity, and another, dubbed Global Components and Subsystems. Ken Morris, who is now executive director of chassis engineering at GM, will head the product integrity unit. Ken Kelzer, who is currently leading the powertrain engineering arm in Europe, will take over the components and subsystems group, Automotive News reported.

Not wishing to beat around the bush, the changes are reportedly effective immediately. GM product chief Mark Reuss told Automotive News that the restructuring is a ‘direct outgrowth’ of GM’s review of the ignition-switch problem, and added that the retirement of vice president of global vehicle engineering John Calabrese was “in no way connected” to the company’s internal investigation into its failure to recall the faulty switch sooner, the site said.

Reuss said during a conference call with reporters that the new structure will help GM identify potential safety problems such as the defective ignition switch more quickly. Reuss added that the product integrity division will include a team of GM’s “best” engineers to review vehicles for safety compliance at regular intervals as they are being developed, Auto News said.

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