Amidst a changing of the guard upon the retirement of former Chief Technology Officer Tom Stephens, Jon Lauckner, Stephens’ successor, has begun making some changes to the research and development department that would see a reduction in the workforce.
According to a report done by Automotive News, GM plans to lay off about one fourth of the roughly 400 R&D personnel at the Warren complex, which should work out to be an even 100 jobs. Along with these layoffs in Michigan, 90 R&D workers at a GM research facility in India will also be cut, though GM won’t officially confirm the amount of layoffs. According to GM’s 2011 annual report, the company spent a total of $8.1 billion on R&D last year. But the figure does include all global engineering expenses and product development.
“These moves will enable the organization to better focus on commercializing customer-focused innovation in a more efficient and cost effective manner,” GM said in the statement. We’ll see.