Today, General Motors announced Stephen Girsky will not stand for reelection and will retire from the Board Of Directors.
Girsky has served on the board since 2009, marking a seven year tenure.
“On behalf of the board, we wish Steve well and want to thank him for his many significant contributions to GM over the past seven years,” said Barra. “Steve brought to the company expertise and skills in a variety of important areas at a critical time in GM’s history. He has helped guide GM as we continue on our path to deliver long-term growth and sustained shareholder value that will benefit our owners for years to come.”
Girsky was GM Vice Chairman from March 2010 through January 2014. During his time in the position, he was responsible for global corporate strategy, product planning and development, global research and connected customer/OnStar development.
He also served as Chairman of the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board and as interim President of GM Europe. Notably, Girsky was a major architect in the “Drive Opel 2022” strategy, a plan that has set the European brand towards profitability.
“The GM that exists today is a much different and stronger company than it was when I first joined the Board seven years ago,” said Girsky. “There have been many milestones and accomplishments that I’ve been proud to be a part of along the way, including GM’s emergence from bankruptcy, improved UAW relationship, and the continued comeback of the European business. Also, the speed in which GM is actively positioning itself to capitalize on the innovations that are shaping the future of personal mobility – specifically in the areas of electrification, 4G connectivity and autonomous – is a testament to its strong leadership team.”
Girsky recently returned to his position as President of S.J. Girsky & Co., an independent advisor firm in New York City. Additionally, Girsky is a director at Valens Semiconductor Ltd., a provider of semiconductor products for the distribution of uncompressed high-definition multimedia content.
He will be succeeded by Jane Mendillo, formerly of the Harvard Management Company.