DETROIT - Ending months of speculation, General Motors last week said it will extend by one year Wayne Cherry's tenure as vice president for design.
Cherry had been expected to retire when he turns 65 this September. But a GM spokesman said senior management asked Cherry to remain in his post to guide the recently reorganized design organization.
As part of GM's restructuring of product development, GM scrapped divisional brand design studios and moved to a platform-based organization.
GM named the following executive directors, who report to Cherry: Ed Welburn, for body-on-frame vehicles; Bryan Nesbitt, for body-frame integral architectures; Anne Asensio, for design, quality and brand character; and Mark Reuss, for engineering operations and special vehicles.
A fifth post, executive director for advanced vehicles, has not been filled.