Executive Shuffle: Alicia Boler-Davis Replaces Terry Woychowski As Vice President Of Global Quality1
After a 32-year career, GM has announced that Vice President of Global Quality Terry Woychowski will retire. Filling in his shoes on June 1 will be Alicia Boler-Davis, who will report to both Senior Vice President of Global Product Development Mary Barra for all matters regarding quality and GM North America President Mark Reuss for customer service responsibilities.
Woychowski has been vice president for Global Quality and Vehicle Launches since 2011, after serving as vice president of Global Vehicle Program Management since 2009. Prior to that, he was GM’s chief engineer for full-size pickups and sport-utility vehicles from 1997 to 2009. Boler-Davis’ career traces back as plant manager of the Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping plants in Michigan. Beginning her career in 1994, she also had time as vehicle line director/vehicle chief engineer for small cars and as a plant manager for Lansing’s Consolidated Operations and Arlington Assembly. She holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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GM seems wise in positioning women in high level positions. Since women see things many men do not, such as in quality control and procedure efficiency – this sounds like a good decision on GM’s part.
It very much helps a car company to see things through a woman’s eyes since women buy more new cars each year than do men.