GM picks new global HR chief
Melissa Howell has more than two decades of experience in GM human resources, the company said.
DETROIT -- General Motors has named Melissa Howell vice president of global human resources, effective immediately.
Howell, 46, succeeds Cynthia Brinkley, a former AT&T executive hired in June 2011. Brinkley, one of several telecommunications executives hired by GM CEO Dan Akerson, has left GM "to pursue other opportunities," the company said in a statement today.
Howell, executive director of human resources for GM North America since February 2011, joined GM in 1990. She has more than two decades of experience in GM human resources, the company said, and has worked in compensation, benefits and labor relations and held posts in Europe, Asia and North America.
"Melissa's global experience, relationships and knowledge of the business will serve her well in leading GM human resources," Akerson said in a statement. "Her no-nonsense counsel and proven track record as a business and change agent will benefit the total GM team."
Howell will be a member of the GM executive operations committee. She is on several nonprofit boards in the Detroit area.
During Akerson's two-and-a-half years running GM, he has replaced executives in many key posts, including global manufacturing, vehicle quality, r&d, information technology and OnStar.