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GM CIO Mott plans to hire thousands of staff to bring IT services in-house (Photo: Larry Peplin)

General Motors plans to hire about 1,000 IT specialists to staff a new Information Technology Innovation center near Atlanta, Georgia, in the southern part of the US.

The hiring push will focus on software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other IT professionals.

Atlanta is one of four US IT centers. GM has already hired 700 IT experts for two existing centers in Austin, Texas, and Warren, Michigan. A fourth location will be announced at a later date.

Mott, who joined GM less than a year ago, has embarked on a three-year restructuring of the automaker's IT operations. A key part of his plan calls for bringing the bulk of GM's IT operations in-house, thus relying less on services provided by outside companies. 

"We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers,” Mott said in a press release.