General Motors will consider candidates from outside the company to replace design chief Wayne Cherry, 63, when he retires.
That is not to minimize talent within the company, said Ron Zarrella, president of GM North America. GM has hired many designers in their 20s and 30 from other automakers, Zarrella said.
'We've got quite a bit of design diversity within the company right now,' Zarrella said. 'The question is, can someone step up and lead what is the world's largest design organization?'
If not, GM could go with someone from the outside. 'When any of these big jobs open up, we always look outside,' Zarrella said. 'You don't always go outside, but you kind of want to peek under the blanket and see what's out there.'