General Motors names Boler-Davis head of production

A Chevrolet pickup drives past the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas June 9, 2015.

Reuters/Mike Stone

General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Thursday that Alicia Boler-Davis will be head of the company’s production and labor relations, being successful Jim DeLuca, effective instantly. Boler-Davis, 47, has actually been head of GM’s “linked client experience” since November 2014, which includes OnStar. She had been the head of GM quality and customer experience, from 2012. Boler-Davis joined GM in 1994 and has been automobile line director and primary engineer for small automobiles. She will supervise GM’s 180,000 staff members at 171 facilities in 31 countries.

DeLuca, 55, is retiring after a 37-year GM career. He took over as the head of GM’s manufacturing and labor relations in February 2014.

Boler-Davis is the very first African American lady to have actually run a GM assembly plant. She has been the head of GM’s truck plant near Dallas and the Orion Assembly car plant near Detroit. On Wednesday, GM said that Tony Francavilla had been named head of quality around the world for the No. 1 U.S. automaker. Francavilla, 58, fills a position left uninhabited given that Grace Leiblein retired at the end of 2015.

( Reporting by Bernie Woodall).

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