Two high-ranking members of General Motors’ senior leadership team will leave the company to “pursue other interests,” the company announced today.
Selim Bingol, senior vice president of public policy and communications, and Melissa Howell, senior vice president for human resources have stepped down from their positions. GM spokesperson Greg Martin said the departures were not in connection with the recall of 2.6 million of its small cars due to a faulty ignition switch.
Bingol has led GM’s public relations team since 2010. His successor in the position has yet to be named. Howell has occupied the top HR job at the company since February 2013 and will be replaced by John Quattrone in the position. Quattrone was previously executive director of human resources for GM’s global product development, purchasing and supply chain operations.
“John brings to the job a deep and rich breadth of experience across all levels of the enterprise,” CEO Mary Barra said. “This background is invaluable as we create lasting change that puts the customer at the center of how we work and how we measure ourselves going forward.”
Barra also credited Howell with forming the “values that make up today’s GM” which “are now becoming a central part of how we develop and guide our employees around the world.”
She had equal praise and thanks to give to Selim.
“We appreciate Selim’s service and for his helping tell the GM story during one of the most exciting periods in the company’s history,” Barra said.