Former General Motors Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn will be one of four new inductees into the Automotive Hall of Fame for 2017, Automotive News has announced.
Welburn retired last July after 44 years with General Motors. He worked his way from lower-rank design positions and become GM’s global design chief in 2003, a position he held for 13 years. He also became the first design head to oversee all of GM’s global design studios and made an effort to bring GM’s design houses together in a more unified fashion.
Welburn’s induction ceremony will be a significant one, too. The 2017 inductees will represent the 50th anniversary of the first Automotive Hall of Fame induction ceremony. That first ceremony honored Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford, among other notable figures.