General Motors Co. has appointed Alicia Boler-Davis as the new executive vice president for its Global Manufacturing team. Boler-Davis will report to Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO, and will lead 180,000 employees at 171 facilities in 31 countries. She will also have responsibility for labor relations.
“With all the change facing our industry in the next several years, Alicia’s vast and diverse experience and proven track record for delivering results will help ensure our global manufacturing performance and capabilities are aligned to meet the challenges ahead,” Barra says.
Previously, Boler-Davis was senior vice president for Global Connected Customer Experience, and led GM’s connected customer activities, including OnStar. Prior to that, she was the head of GM’s Global Quality and Customer Experience, and plant manager of the Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping plants.
Boler-Davis, who began her career with GM in 1994, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and a Master in Business Administration from Indiana University.
“Alicia’s strong manufacturing background, combined with her recent roles leading quality and the customer experience, will allow us to grow an even stronger customer-focused link to our people and processes in manufacturing,” Barra says.
Boler-Davis succeeds Jim DeLuca, who is retiring after a 37-year career that included positions in manufacturing, labor relations, and quality. The transition will begin immediately.