General Motors has had no shortage of executive-level position changes this week, the latest of which surrounds the design department. GM will send current Cadillac and Buick design chief and GM Europe Vice President of Design Mark Adams to Germany, where he will assume the position of GM Europe vice president, Design, and champion for Opel/Vauxhall/Buick brand strategies and design language.
It will be Andrew Smith, currently director of Holden Design that will be promoted to Adams’ vacated position of executive director of Global Cadillac and Buick design. He will operate out of Warren, Michigan, champion the Cadillac brand and will also lead the Global Color and Trim department. But the changes don’t end there, as the following design personnel is also involved in the round of musical chairs:
- Ken Parkinson, currently executive director, Global Chevrolet and GMC Design, will be executive director, Global Chevrolet Design and Architecture. Parkinson will be the champion for the Chevrolet brand.
- Helen Emsley, currently design director, Interior Full-Size Truck and Performance Car, will be promoted to executive director, Global GMC Design and User Experience. Emsley will be the champion for the GMC brand.
- John Puskar, currently design director, Global Color & Trim, will replace Emsley as design director, Interior Full-Size Truck and Performance Car.
- Sharon Gauci, currently design manager, Buick Color & Trim, will be promoted to the position of design director, Global Color and Trim, replacing Puskar.
- Clay Dean, GM director of Global Advanced Design in North America, will now oversee Advanced design projects globally.
With a network of 10 Design Centers employing over 2,000 men and women across seven countries, including United States, Germany, Korea, China, Australia, Brazil and India, General Motors’ design department is the first and largest in the industry. The team, led by Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn, is responsible for the design development of every GM concept and product vehicle. Welburn is the sixth Design leader in the history of General Motors, and the first to head all of the automaker’s Global Design Centers.