General Motors has announced that long-serving product development veteran Tom Stephens will retire from his position of Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer on April 1st of this year. It’s a little early for an April Fools joke, so we’re going to believe this.
Stephens, who is 63 years of age, got his start at GM back in 1969 under the University of Michigan Student Co-op Program at the then-named Chevrolet Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan. He then ascended through the ranks, working as an engineer for Cadillac, earning a leadership position in the dissolved Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Division, and eventually became chief of GM Powertrain. Following that, Stephens was appointed as Vice Chairman, Global Product Operations from April 2009 through February 2011, before ultimately becoming Chief Technology Officer.
In his retirement, Stephens will stay busy as a member of the board of directors of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Foundation. He is also a member of the Engineering Advisory Council for the University of Michigan School of Engineering and was once elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007 for his contributions to powertrain engineering.