Minano retires from GM

Dennis Minano, the General Motors vice president who helped steer the corporation's energy and environmental policies since 1992, will retire at year end, GM said Thursday.

Spokesman Brian Akre said Minano, 55, gave no reason for his decision to quit after 30 years with GM. Minano will be replaced by Elizabeth Lowery, who will take over responsibilities for GM global energy and environmental policies.

Minano, who holds a law degree from the University of Detroit Law School, joined GM in 1971, working in marketing, product liability and energy, and environmental law. He became manager of GM's environmental and energy legal group in 1990 and was named GM vice president of environment and energy in 1992.

Under Minano's tenure, GM:

  • Became the first Fortune 500 company to endorse CERES, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, which set a code of conduct for companies

  • Began publishing environmental reports that detailed GM initiatives in recycling, emissions and energy

  • Produced the GM EV1 electric vehicle

  • Established environmental performance criteria for GM facilities worldwide

  • Began its push to create fuel cell vehicles.

    Minano, GM said, will work on several GM environmental projects until he retires. Lowery, 45, assumes her new job Monday, Oct. 15.

  • You can reach Richard Truett at rtruett@crain.com

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