DETROIT -- General Motors Co.'s latest executive shake-up is intended, among other things, to coax its purchasing and engineering staffs to work closer together.
While seven purchasing managers are affected, the two key players are Randy Pappal and Kim Brycz. Their jobs have been redrawn to match closely the responsibilities of their opposite executives in engineering.
That makes it easier for the two bureaucracies to coordinate product planning, says GM spokesman Dan Flores.
Purchasing chief Bob Socia also has given his subordinates more decision-making power by reducing the number of executives who report directly to him to 12 from 14.
Previously, Pappal, 49, was GM's executive director of Mexico, powertrain cooling and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Now he will be executive director of group exterior, interior, safety, HVAC and Mexico.
Pappal will continue to report directly to Socia. He assumes his new duties immediately.
Two executives who previously reported to Socia now report to Pappal: Dave McKean, executive director of interior and safety; and Anirvan Coomer, executive director of HVAC and Mexico.
Pappal has been paired with a top GM engineering executive: John Calabrese, global vehicle engineering's executive director for body, exterior, interior, safety and HVAC.
Brycz, 48, was executive director in charge of electrical purchasing. She becomes executive director of group global electrical systems.
The key to her new title is the word "group." Brycz has wider authority, effective immediately. She continues to report to Socia.
Her opposite number in engineering will be Micky Bly, who this week was named GM global engineering's executive director of electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles, batteries, infotainment and OnStar.
Three other purchasing executives -- Tom McMillen, Dale Kitchen and Susanna Webber -- have shuffled jobs amongst themselves.
McMillen, currently GM Europe's vice president of global purchasing, will return to the United States. He will replace Kitchen as executive director of supplier quality.
Kitchen, in turn, will replace Webber as executive director of global logistics and containers. Webber will move to Germany and take McMillen's old job.
All three executives will continue to report to Socia and will assume their new duties Sept. 1.