GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson

Newest GM Global Technology Chief

DETROIT General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Wednesday that Tom Stephens, the automaker’s product chief for approximately two years, would obtain the recently shaped location of global technology officer.

The shift symbolizes the third major executive modify proclaimed by GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson in latest weeks.

Akerson, who got in excess of as CEO in September and directed the automaker during its November IPO, has said he needs to enlarge what he observes as its guide in regions like electric car technology.

Stephens, 62, will stay his vice chairman title and stay on GM’s executive committee. A descendant to Stephens as worldwide product expansion chief will be proclaiming quickly, GM said.

Final month, GM endorsed previous Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) executive Joel Ewanick to chief up its global advertising hard work. And on Tuesday, GM proclaims that former telecommunications executive Linda Marshall would obtain over as president of its infrastructure and electronics component, OnStar.

GM Chief Executive Dan Akerson

Marshall attached GM in November as executive director of OnStar’s global commerce plan and growth. She will testify to Steve Girsky, vice chairman for business plan and commerce growth.

Girsky, in a conference with journalists last week, said Akerson seemed for behavior to promote more pioneering, long-term thoughts from its engineers and researchers.

In the run-up to its 2009 insolvency, GM had frequently been disapproved of for centering too greatly on short-term productivity and at the same time as disregarding the increase of tendencies and technologies like fusions where competitors moved earlier.

Stephens told Reuters that, “we’re glancing at this currently from a long-term viewpoint, not just a short-term, since we’ve been doing much short-term stuff”.

“It’s extremely significant to the corporation that we obtain this true,” said Stephens.

Stephens, a one-time drag strip racer and 42-year expert of GM, has detained a sequence of manufacturing and organization locations, as well as blame for GM’s engine and broadcast growth labors.

Stephens is just residual senior managerial to have dished up beneath the three CEOs who have started the automaker ever since March 2009.