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Titles are not a part of Lutz and Cowger's agenda

General Motors North America Chairman Robert Lutz and President Gary Cowger say they will work together effectively without a formal definition of their responsibilities.

"I'll tell you honestly that we never even bothered to sit down and say, 'You do this and I'll do that, you be chairman of this meeting and I'll be chairman of that one,' " Lutz said at a press briefing last week.

Other news from the session:

  • Cowger will appoint a new group vice president for manufacturing and labor relations, a post he continues to hold temporarily. The move will come early next year.

  • Lutz said he has "absolutely not" chosen a new design chief to succeed Wayne Cherry, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 65 next September. "At this point, we don't even know whether we would look at an external candidate or somebody in-house," Lutz said.

  • GM will continue to use incentives aggressively next year in search of market-share gains. That will translate to relentless cost cutting, Cowger said. "If we're going to continue to be this competitive in the market, we have to continue to drive cost down," Cowger said. He specified targets such as overtime, warranty and repair costs, advertising campaigns and engineering changes to vehicles under development.
  • You can reach Dave Guilford at dguilford@crain.com

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