GM Defense has announced Rick Kewley as the subsidiary’s new executive chief engineer. Kewley will be tasked with leading all aspects of engineering and program execution, including in the areas of integrated vehicles, power and propulsion, mobility, and autonomy. Mark Dickens, who previously served as GM Defense chief engineer, will now serve as Chief Architectural Engineer, and will be responsible for advanced vehicle engineering, pursuit capture engineering, and portfolio development for defense and government projects.
Kewley previously served in GM engineering and product development, a role he filled for 27 years, most recently as executive director of GM Global Product Development Quality.
“Rick’s ability to bridge GM’s best-in-class commercial capabilities with GM Defense’s mission to influence the future of military mobility is the perfect complement,” said the interim president of GM Defense, Tim Herrick. “Rick is a proven leader, bringing a deep understanding of complex vehicle system integration and critical technical acumen. He will be an asset to our growing team and a trusted partner to our military and government customers.”
Kewley also previously served in the armed forces as a United States Military Academy graduate and U.S. Army officer.
“I’m honored to lead product development efforts at GM Defense and am convinced that GM’s proven product and manufacturing capabilities offer an unmistakable advantage to the warfighter,” Kewley said. “As an Army veteran myself, I understand the value that technology and cutting-edge capability can offer to our military and government customers alike.”
Kewley will continue rollout of the GM Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, a new all-terrain troop carrier based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2, including 90 percent commercial-off-the-shelf parts. As GM Authority covered previously, the first units of the new GM Defense ISV were delivered to the United States Army in October of 2020.