Marcos Purty, a 25-year GM veteran who left the company to work for Amazon in October 2020, has return to the Detroit-based automaker to serve as its Vice President of Global Workplace Safety.
Purty will replace GM’s current VP of Global Safety, Jim Glynn, who has chosen to retire after a 40-year career at the company. The experienced operations manager spent the past 18 months as the vice president of Amazon’s Robotics Sortable Operations for its North America Fulfilment centers, but spent the first 25 years of his career at GM. He worked his way through the ranks at the automaker after excelling in leadership roles at Pontiac Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly and was later put on various international assignments in Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Thailand. He most recently served as the automaker’s executive director for Global Manufacturing Strategy and Planning.
“We are pleased to welcome Marcos back to General Motors,” Barra said in a prepared statement. “Marcos’ global experience across our manufacturing operations, engineering and launch teams, as well as his external experience, position him well to continue the company’s safety transformation.”
“Marcos’ comprehensive and diverse global leadership experience at GM and Amazon will complement and help grow our strong safety culture,” added Gerald Johnson. “He is an accomplished, respected leader and we look forward to his perspective and impact on safety. I also want to commend Jim on a stellar career and thank him for his significant contributions to the company.”
Marcos Purty will move into his new role as GM’s Vice President of Global Workplace Safety on June 1st, 2022.