GM Defense Names Rick Kewley Executive Chief Engineer

Rick Kewley with GM Defense vehicles
Rick Kewley // Courtesy of General Motors Co.

GM Defense of Detroit’s General Motors Co. has appointed Rick Kewley as executive chief engineer. Kewley will lead all aspects of engineering and program execution.

“I’m honored to lead product development efforts at GM Defense and am convinced that GM’s proven product and manufacturing capabilities offer an unmistakable advantage to the warfighter,” Kewley says. “As an Army veteran myself, I understand the value that technology and cutting-edge capability can offer to our military and government customers alike.”

Kewley, a United States Military Academy graduate and former U.S. Army officer, has 27 years of experience in engineering and product development at GM Defense. He was most recently executive director of GM Global Product Development Quality, where he worked on engineering and product development quality strategies.

“Rick’s ability to bridge GM’s best-in-class commercial capabilities with GM Defense’s mission to influence the future of military mobility is the perfect complement,” says Tim Herrick, interim president of GM Defense. “Rick is a proven leader, bringing a deep understanding of complex vehicle system integration and critical technical acumen. He will be an asset to our growing team and a trusted partner to our military and government customers.”

Kewley’s engineering organization will continue execution of the Infantry Squad Vehicle, a light all-terrain carrier intended to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad and their equipment on the battlefield. GM Defense was awarded the contract in June.

GM Defense delivers vehicles, power and propulsion solutions, and mobility and autonomy to global defense, security, and government markets.

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