automotiveIT Congress: GM’s MOTT says “IT is a strategic corporate asset”

GM CIO Randy Mott is insourcing 90 pc of IT services (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – General Motors CIO Randy Mott said IT is a “strategic corporate asset” for the automaker. It can play a key role in boosting the speed of innovation, he said. Mott, who joined GM two years ago, has embarked on a complete IT revamp at the company, insourcing most services that were previously handled […]

Executive Report: GM CIO confident of progress in IT overhaul

Randy Mott is a keynote speaker at the 2014 automotiveIT Congress (Photo: Larry A. Peplin)

  General Motors CIO Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress in his three-year drive to overhaul IT operations at North America’s largest automaker. In an interview with automotiveIT, Mott cited “a lot of blocking and tackling” he had to do in 2013, referring to the often unglamorous work handled by American football’s defense players […]

At CES, Google, automakers forge broad Android alliance


Google has joined forces with several global automakers to extend its Android mobile ecosystem to the car. The search group has teamed up with Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia to form the “Open Automotive Alliance,” (OAA) a global partnership designed to bring the Android platform into the car this year already. As […]

Ford appoints former Cadillac exec to run connected-car operations

Butler was for many years a senior Cadillac executive (Photo: GM)

Ford Motor has appointed Don Butler to develop its connected-car strategy, consolidating an area of growing automotive importance under one executive. Butler resigned as vice president global strategy at General Motors’ Cadillac division in the summer of 2013. Earlier in his career he served as vice president for telematics startup Inrix. “Not only does Don […]

Mary Barra set to become GM CEO on January 15, 2014

Mary Barra will become the 1st woman to head a major automaker (Photo: GM)

General Motors named Mary Barra to become the carmaker’s next CEO on January 15, 2014. Barra, 51, will succeed Dan Akerson, who is retiring earlier than planned to deal with a family illness. Barra, who is in charge of GM’s global product development, purchasing and supply chain, will become the first woman to run a […]

Opel to be GM’s main European brand; Chevrolet out

With Chevrolet gone, Neumann has a better chance to restore profitability at Opel (Photo: GM)

General Motors will no longer market most of its Chevrolet-branded cars in Europe, providing Opel and its sister brand Vauxhall with a more clearly defined opportunity to restore profitability. The US automaker said the move will “reduce the market complexity associated with having Opel and Chevrolet in Western and Eastern Europe.” And GM CEO Dan […]

Jacoby to oversee GM International

Stefan Jacoby (l), Tim Lee (Photo: GM)

Former Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby is taking over as head of General Motors’ international operations effective Monday. Jacoby, who was unexpectedly dismissed as CEO of Chinese-owned Volvo last year, will take up his new responsibilities at GM Monday. He will report directly to GM CEO Dan Akerson. GM said Jacoby’s appointment will help strengthen its […]

GM opens new data center as transformation of IT continues

GM will manage global data from Warren, Michigan (Photo: GM)

General Motors opened a new 130 million-dlr data center this week, as the automaker continues its company-wide IT transformation. The center – in Warren, Michigan, outside Detroit – will serve as the backbone for all of the company’s global computing operations. It is one of just two that will replace 23 global IT centers over […]

GM plans embedded 4G connectivity globally

GM's embedded 4G infrastructure will let passengers connect to an in-vehicle hotspot (Photo: GM)

General Motors plans to equip next-generation models with embedded 4G LTE sim cards, paving the way for a greater array of services to be available to the connected car. The US automaker announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the first GM cars to get 4G LTE would be 2015 Chevrolet, Buick GMC […]

Neumann to become head of Opel

With Chevrolet gone, Neumann has a better chance to restore profitability at Opel (Photo: GM)

Former Continental and Volkswagen executive Karl-Thomas Neumann will become the new CEO of Opel effective March 1. Neumann, 51, most recently headed VW’s China operations but was replaced in that position several months ago. He takes over at Opel from Thomas Sedran, who has ran the German division of General Motors on an interim basis. […]