Following a 37-year career at General Motors, the automaker announced Jim DeLuca will be retiring from his positions with the company. Succeeding him will be Alicia Boler-Davis.
Boler-Davis comes from a wide background of engineering and manufacturing roles, with her most current lead being senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience since November 2014. Prior to her most recent position, she served as the head of Global Quality and Customer Experience since 2012 and was plant manager of the Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping plants in Michigan.
In her newest role, she will be responsible for 180,000 employees across 31 countries in 171 GM manufacturing facilities.
“With all the change facing our industry in the next several years, Alicia’s vast and diverse experience and proven track record for delivering results will help ensure our global manufacturing performance and capabilities are aligned to meet the challenges ahead,” said GM CEO, Mary Barra. “Alicia’s strong manufacturing background, combined with her recent roles leading quality and the customer experience, will allow us to grow an even stronger customer-focused link to our people and processes in manufacturing.”
Barra also commended DeLuca for a career well done with the automaker.
“Jim has played a key role in driving significant improvements across the globe in quality and manufacturing costs,” said Barra. “Jim’s dedication and strong commitment to building relationships throughout his career has set an example for his team and the company.”
Boler-Davis will report directly to Barra, with her role effective immediately.