DETROIT – General Motors named two regional presidents on Wednesday after GM Europe president Mike Burns resigned to join parts supplier Dana Corp. as CEO and president.
Fritz Henderson, 45, president of GMs Asia Pacific region, will replace Burns as head of GM Europe on June 1. Until then, Vice Chairman Robert Lutz will serve as interim president of GM Europe, a GM statement said.
Troy Clarke, 48, GM's group vice president for North American manufacturing and labor relations, will move to Asia immediately as Hendersons replacement. He and Henderson will work together until June.
Clarkes post will be taken by Guy Briggs, 65, who had been vice president for manufacturing. Briggs had been slated to retire from that post on Dec. 31, but stayed on to handle several manufacturing issues.
Burns, 51, had been head of GM Europe since 1998, overseeing a major restructuring effort to end losses. He has led Opel/Vauxhall, Saab, GM Daewoo Europe, GMs North American vehicle activities in Europe, and GMs alliance activities with Fiat.
At Dana, Burns succeeds Joe Magliochetti, who died in September. His appointment is effective March 1.
Dana also said Glen Hiner, who has served as acting chairman of the company's board since September, will continue in the role. Bill Carroll, the company's acting president and COO since September, will continue in those roles until March 1, when he will retire.
Reuters contributed to this report.