DETROIT -- General Motors today named Randy Mott, a former Hewlett-Packard Co. executive, as its chief information officer.
Mott replaces Terry Kline, 50, who left the company last week. GM spokeswoman Katie McBride said Kline decided to retire and pursue other interests.
"One of his personal goals was to retire by age of 50," she said.
Mott, 55, takes over immediately as vice president in charge of GM's global information technology division, which has 1,700 employees.
He reports to GM CEO Dan Akerson and will oversee one of the largest corporate IT budgets and operations in the world.
"His visionary leadership and focus on execution will strengthen GM's decision-making, reduce risk and improve our global infrastructure, data management and application development," Akerson said in a written statement.
At Hewlett-Packard, Mott was an executive vice president and chief information officer responsible for the company's global information technology strategy. Before that, he was chief information officer at Dell Inc. and at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Kline was appointed GM's chief information officer in October 2009. He could not be reached for comment.