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GM's Human Resources Chief Leaves; New HR Head Appointed

Out is Melissa Howell, who led the automaker’s HR function for 14 months. She was replaced by John Quattrone.

April 14, 2014
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General Motors Co. has a new head of human resources.
 
Out is Melissa Howell, GM's senior vice president of human resources, who led the automaker’s HR function for 14 months. She was replaced by John Quattrone, 61, a 39-year veteran of GM.
 
The announcement was made April 14.

 
“John brings to the job a deep and rich breadth of experience across all levels of the enterprise,” said CEO Mary Barra, who headed the HR function for 18 months after the abrupt departure in 2009 of longtime HR leader Katy Barclay, in a written statement. “This background is invaluable as we create lasting change that puts the customer at the center of how we work and how we measure ourselves going forward.”
 
Quattrone was previously executive director of human resources for GM’s global product development, purchasing and supply-chain organization.
 
The automaker said Howell left GM to “pursue other interests.”
 
Besides the change at the top of the HR department, GM also replaced its head of public relations, Selim Bingol, 53. No replacement was named for Bingol, although published reports state that his role will be filled on an interim basis by Randy Arickx, GM’s head of investor relations.

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