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Randy Mott succeeds Terry Kline as CIO of General Motors (Photo: GM)

Randy Mott is the new global chief information officer at General Motors, the US-based car group said Monday.

Mott, 55, succeeds Terry Kline, who, according to GM, has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. The change takes effect immediately.

Mott most recently was executive vice president and CIO at Hewlett Packard, where he oversaw a major global transformation of IT systems. He left the technology group in June, 2011, in a management shakeup.

Earlier, Mott held CIO positions at computer maker Dell and department store group Wal-Mart.

GM CEO Dan Akerson indicated in a statement that he expected Mott to actively contribute to GM's turnaround.

"With more than three decades of information technology experience, Randy has demonstrated his ability to transform global IT operations,” Akerson said. "His visionary leadership and focus on execution will strengthen GM’s decision-making, reduce risk and improve our global infrastructure, data management and application development."

Mott, who holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Arkansas, will report to Akerson and serve on GM's Executive Operations Committee.