General Motors will keep design chief Wayne Cherry for at least one more year, the automaker said Tuesday.
Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman, said 64-year-old Cherry was the only available designer he could find who had the experience to handle the job, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Cherry was expected to retire when he turned 65 in September.
"Senior management asked Wayne Cherry to stay one year past his normal tenure. Wayne agreed to stay," said GM spokeswoman Wendi Parson. "The real benefit to him staying is that he's involved in many (concept and production) vehicle programs and he will help get them out," she said.
Parson said Cherry also is likely to help GM find a successor.
Staff Reporter Richard Truett contributed to this report.