GM creates new global strategy exec position

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. has created a new executive position overseeing the carmaker’s global strategy in areas such as urban mobility, car-sharing and ride-sharing services and autonomous vehicles.

The automaker Tuesday confirmed that Mike Ableson was named vice president of strategy and global portfolio planning late last week. He will oversee an area of expected growth for the automaker that also includes connected cars with GM’s OnStar 4GLTE Wi-Fi capability, electric vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles.

Ableson will report on the strategy side to CEO Mary Barra and on the portfolio planning side to GM President Dan Ammann, according to GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey. Ableson will be tasked with building GM’s broader global strategy in areas that involve future technology and an expected changing transportation landscape.

GM and other automakers have entered the car-sharing and ride-sharing services business, and the carmaker is among leaders in development of autonomous vehicles. Its Super Cruise advanced driver-assist technology, expected to debut on a 2017 Cadillac, will allow the car to drive itself on highways at full speed or in stop-and-go traffic.

In January, Ableson became vice president of global product planning and program management for the company, moving back from Europe where he had served as vice president of vehicle engineering.

Ableson presented earlier this month at the Citi 2015 Global Technology Conference for investors in New York and is slated to speak at GM’s 2015 Global Business Conference on Thursday.

He began his GM career in 1984 as an engineer and has held various high-level engineering and vehicle planning positions for the company.

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