Boler-Davis to lead global manufacturing at GM

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Thursday that rising executive Alicia Boler-Davis will lead the company’s global manufacturing efforts, replacing Jim DeLuca who is retiring after 37 years with the automaker.

The Detroit carmaker said the transition begins immediately and Boler-Davis, 47, will report to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. The move follows a Wednesday announcement that Tony Francavilla had been named vice president of global quality.

Boler-Davis, who started at GM in 1994, most recently served as senior vice president of Global Connected Customer Experience, leading OnStar and customer call centers. Before that, Boler-Davis led global quality and customer experience efforts and served as plant manager of Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township and the Pontiac stamping facility.

GM said Boler-Davis’ successor would be named later.

As executive vice president of global manufacturing, Boler-Davis will oversee 180,000 employees at 171 plants in 31 countries. She also will handle labor relations. The automaker is set to begin negotiations with Unifor in Canada this summer.

“With all the change facing our industry in the next several years, Alicia’s vast and diverse experience and proven track record for delivering results will help ensure our global manufacturing performance and capabilities are aligned to meet the challenges ahead,” Barra said in a statement.

DeLuca has worked for GM since 1979, beginning as a co-op student at the former General Motors Institute, now Kettering University. He held many senior manufacturing jobs, including serving as vice president of manufacturing for International Operations and serving as vice president of quality for GM Asia Pacific and GM Daewoo Auto & Technology.

“Jim has played a key role in driving significant improvements across the globe in quality and manufacturing costs,” Barra said in a statement. “Jim’s dedication and strong commitment to building relationships throughout his career has set an example for his team and the company.”

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