The ignition-switch recall that has re-focused us on the alleged sins of the Old General Motors continues to reshape the New GM. Company CEO Mary Barra recently announced the creation of the Global Product Integrity Organization, headed by Mark Reuss and charged with taking the lead on safety issues concerning new product. Now, effective immediately, GM has split its vehicle engineering division into a Global Product Integrity side and a Global Components and Subsystems side that will "improve quality and safety in the wake of its recall crisis," according to a report in Automotive News.

This previously created global product integrity team will be a part of the new department with the same name inside vehicle engineering, its mission to enforce standards in areas like powertrain, electrical and performance engineering, as well as supplier quality. The components group will oversee "engineering operations, components development and advanced vehicle development."

A management reshuffle comes with the reorganization: VP of global vehicle engineering John Calabrese retiring, former head of chassis engineering Ken Morris taking the lead of the product integrity group, former European head of powertrain engineering Ken Kelzer taking over the components group. Further support will come from more than doubling the number of personnel who analyze consumer complaints, crashes and legal procedures looking for product safety issues.

Overall, the intent is to aid communication between all parties involved in vehicle development so that problems get solved before they reach showrooms, mimicking the "more holistic" organizational structure that's already been used to improve specific performance aspects of GM products.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 8 Months Ago
      It doesn't matter how many times they reshuffle- the core problem is still there- you cannot allow bean counters to make engineering decisions. Engineers must make engineering decisions. Designers must make design decisions. The bean counting will take care of itself when the beans start rolling in.
      Daniel D
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well in Australia they are sacking their engineering department. The one that didn't have any of these problems, so they can grow the ones in the US that did. Brilliant.
      nicroprod
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wait I have seen this before. its called the shell game. Or pick a card any card.
      KO
      • 8 Months Ago
      You can (re)do all the engineering and quality shuffling you want, but if beancounters are still ultimately higher up the chain, it's not going to make a lick of difference in the end.
      Jerry
      • 7 Months Ago
      For about the 17th time since bankruptcy...
      redssstew
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is Sad! They have been trying since the Bankruptcy to get rid of the Crazy amount of Beauracracy at GM. Now they introduce more of it! Soon they will be having meetings about the Redundant Meetings!!!
      bethany.omalley
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yawn... just own up to your responsibilities GM
        knowledgehurtsmyhead
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bethany.omalley
        ummm, aren't they? Recalling 7+ million cars (many which may never have said issue), created the integrity group, and reorganizing the engineering department. Sorry, what was *your* plan again?
          Larry Litmanen
          • 8 Months Ago
          @knowledgehurtsmyhead
          Here's a plan, fire lawyers and lobbyists and hire best engineers money can buy.
      Martin Leclerc
      • 8 Months Ago
      GM has an engineering department??
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Deck Chairs . . . . . . Titanic
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        [blocked]
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Deck Chairs . . . . . . Titanic
      Arizonarelax
      • 8 Months Ago
      That's it! Create another department - it will bog things down even further. Maybe, just maybe, let the engineers are GM do their jobs first before this BS! The similarities in behavior with GM current announcements and to our current administration, is just sickening. The difference, though I am not a fan of GM hiding issues, being accused of fraud and lying to the public, I want them to succeed because I believe GM has talented, experienced individuals who can design, engineer and build quality vehicles. If this poor management in community organizer fashion continues...you simply need to look at the City of Detroit for the predictable outcome.
      That Guy
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's such a shame that something that shouldn't have even made the news in a HIGH SCHOOL newspaper is causing this much trouble for GM. Once again the cold blooded media wants a soap opera rather than factual reporting. Too bad GM can't sue the vermin that caused this to blow up far greater than it ever should have.
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