General Motors has announced its naming Gerald Johnson the new executive vice president, global manufacturing. Johnson replaces Alicia Boler-Davis. The move is effective April 1. The announcement says that Boler-Davis is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. The transition will begin immediately.
Johnson’s new role will see him lead General Motors’ global manufacturing options, manufacturing engineering, and labor relations organizations. His role will have him reporting to General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, and he’ll become apart of the automaker’s Senior Leadership Team.
“Gerald’s passion for the business, strong leadership skills and extensive manufacturing and labor experience will help in our efforts to continue to transform the company, supporting both the core business and future of mobility,” Barra said in the statement announcing the personnel change.
Johnson currently holds the position of vice president, North American Manufacturing and Labor Relations. Before his current position, Johnson was the vice president of Operational Excellence. There, he developed and executed “enterprise-wide cultural transformation with a focus on process discipline, continuous improvement, and waste elimination.” He helped to improve the automaker’s operations efficiency.
Boler-Davis began working at General Motors in 1994, quickly becoming the first African-American plant manager. Since then, she’s held numbers positions within the company, helping to launch several new models for the automaker. Her positions included senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience. She was awarded the 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year for her strides at General Motors for women and minorities. Also in 2016, General Mills added her to the company’s board of directors. She still holds a position on the board.
“I’d like to thank Alicia for her 25 years of dedicated service to GM and for her leadership in driving both business results and culture change,” said Barra. “Alicia and I have worked together for many years, and I appreciate her many contributions. I wish her and her family all the best.”