DETROIT -- In a continuing effort to globalize its vehicle operations, General Motors on Tuesday named Jon Lauckner to the newly created position of vice president of global program management.
Lauckner, 47, will be based in Detroit and report to Robert Lutz, GM's vice chairman of product development.
Lauckner had been global vehicle line executive for GM's mid-sized vehicles, called Epsilon. An American, Lauckner was based in Germany. He also oversaw GM Europe's regional activities for the product line. Before that, Lauckner held several leadership positions in GM Europe, based at Opel's headquarters.
All global and regional vehicle line executives will report to Lauckner, who will also be responsible for program management activities at the regional level.
Lauckner's replacement was not announced.
In other moves Tuesday, Annette Clayton, president of Saturn Corp., was named vice president of quality for GM North America. Clayton takes the place of Kevin Williams, who was appointed assistant managing director and manufacturing manager of GM de Mexico. Clayton's replacement has not been named.
Williams, 43, will report to Arturo Elias, managing director of GM de Mexico. Clayton, 41, will report to CEO Rick Wagoner.
Clayton and Williams will begin in their new roles June 1.
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