Current General Motors Design Chief, Ed Welburn, has announced his tenure as the man behind GM design will end. Welburn notified his team he will retire come July 1, 2016.
Welburn has left a legacy at General Motors, spanning a 44-year career at the automaker. He was named head of GM design in 2003, and led the automaker’s global design since 2005, becoming the first African American to do so at any automaker.
“GM Design is among the most respected and sought-after organizations in the industry because of Ed’s leadership. He nurtured a creative, inclusive and customer-focused culture among our designers that has strengthened our global brands,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO.
Under Welburn, GM Design built a network of 10 design studios across the globe, spanning the U.S., Germany, South Korea, China, Australia, Brazil and India with a team of more than 2,500 creative men and women.
Mark Reuss, Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, recognized Welburn for his creative imprint on four decades of iconic vehicles and his leadership in identifying and developing world-class talent.
“Ed’s team turns out one award-winning product after another … and his strong bench will keep GM Design on top for years to come,” Reuss said.
Welburn shaped some of GM’s most defining product of the ’00s and ‘010s including, but certainly not limited to, the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Volt, Buick Riviera concept, Cadillac CTS coupe, Buick Avenir, Holden Coupe 60 concept, Cadillac Elmiraj, C7 Corvette Stingray and much more.
Michael Simcoe, a 33-year veteran of GM Design and vice president of GM International Design, has been tapped to replace Welburn and will begin transitioning into his new role May 1.
We take this space to thank Mr. Welburn for some incredible design over the many years he oversaw the creativity.