General Motors has appointed former Global Manufacturing Engineering vice president, Cathy Clegg, as its vice president of North America Manufacturing. Clegg will oversee a workforce of 74,000 employees and will be responsible for commanding operations in 55 GM facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
In her previous position, Clegg was responsible for automotive body, press, assembly, controls, paint, powertrain and global program management. During her 31-year tenure with the automaker, she has held several leadership roles including jobs in manufacturing organization. She succeeds Gerald Johnson in the position, who was recently promoted to vice president of Operational Excellence. She is effective in the position starting July 1.
“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,” Jim DeLuca, executive vice president of GM Global Manufacturing, said in a statement. “Her demonstrated commitment to employees and our customers will help ensure our continued focus on safety and quality.”
Replacing Clegg will be outgoing executive director of Global Product Development, Kurt Wiese. The 36-year GM veteran previously led operations at the Oshawa Truck Assembly plant and Manufacturing Engineering Vehicle Body Systems.
“From the plant floor to global enterprise operations, Kurt brings valuable perspective to support our production teams around the world,” DeLuca said of Wiese. “His strong reputation for relationship-building and inspiring creativity will serve him well in his new role.”