GM's Kutner to retire

Andersson to replace him as purchasing chief

General Motors purchasing chief Harold Kutner will retire at the end of the year.

Bo Andersson, who has been the executive in charge of worldwide purchasing at GM since 1999, will replace Kutner on Dec. 1.

Kutner is the automaker's group vice president in charge of worldwide purchasing and North American production control and logistics.

Kutner worked at GM for 39 years and has worked in his current position since 1998. He's a member of GM's automotive strategy board and also sits on the board of Covisint. The online trade exchange was formed by GM, Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler.

Kutner, 61, is a key player in GM's order-to-delivery effort, which focuses on streamlining GM's product development, manufacturing, sales and distribution systems to make vehicle delivery faster. Andersson, 46, will take over that role.

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