Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story misstated Jon Lauckner's new title. He was named vice president and chief technology officer.
DETROIT -- General Motors named Jon Lauckner vice president and chief technology officer, effective April 1. He will replace Tom Stephens who retires on that date.
In his new role, Lauckner, 54, will continue as president of GM's venture capital arm, GM Ventures. He also will be responsible for GM's global r&d, assuming the role from Vice President Alan Taub, who also is retiring at a date to be determined. Taub, 57, had been with GM for 11 years.
As chief technology officer, Lauckner will report to GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky and be a member of the company's global product development staff along with product chief Mary Barra.
"Jon's vast knowledge and experience in product development and engineering, combined with his ability to identify new and innovative external technology partners, make him a perfect fit for this critically important role," Girsky said in a statement.
"With both GM Ventures and research and development aligned under him, we will be more nimble and can move faster to integrate the latest and most-advanced technologies into our vehicles for the benefit of customers."
CEO Dan Akerson created the chief technology officer position shortly after taking over at GM in 2010. Stephens, a vice chairman, was the first executive to hold the post. Earlier, Stephens, 63, had led GM's global product development.