GM names Cathy Clegg head of North American manufacturing

GM names Cathy Clegg head of North American manufacturing

Clegg to run 55 plants, manage 74,000 employees in U.S., Mexico, Canada.

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June 24, 2014

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has appointed Cathy Clegg as North America Manufacturing vice president, effective July 1, making her the second woman the automaker has named to a top leadership position this year. CEO Mary Barra took control of the company on Jan. 15.

Clegg will lead a team of more than 74,000 employees with responsibility for 55 facilities including assembly, stamping, powertrain, and component operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Clegg most recently was Global Manufacturing Engineering vice president with responsibility for automotive body, press, assembly, controls, paint, powertrain, and global program management. During her 31-year GM career, she held leadership positions across the manufacturing organization, including vehicle assembly, stamping and powertrain operations.

As vice president of Labor Relations in 2011, Clegg successfully led GM’s negotiations for the UAW-GM National Agreement. She succeeds Gerald Johnson, who recently was named vice president, Operational Excellence.

“Cathy’s proven track record in key labor and manufacturing roles and her passion for innovation will be an asset to GM and her team,” says Jim DeLuca, executive vice president, GM Global Manufacturing. “Her demonstrated commitment to employees and our customers will help ensure our continued focus on safety and quality.”

Seven of GM’s 23 corporate executives are now women.

Source: General Motors