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GM's Alicia Boler-Davis Selected 2018 Black Engineer of the Year

The General Motors executive will be the sixth woman in the 32-year history of the scientific and technical awards to be named Black Engineer of the Year.

GENERAL MOTORS

US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine's annual BEYA STEM Conference will recognize Alicia Boler-Davis, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing at GM (No. 42 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) with the Black Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the BEYA Gala in Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.


Aligned with the mission of USBE, one of the oldest diversity magazines for scientific and technical careers, and USBE's BEYA STEM Conference that promotes achievement and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Ms. Boler-Davis is active in providing inspiration and motivation for middle school girls who like math and science, mentoring at General Motors, and speaking to college students on leadership, and driving change.

Numerous organizations and publications have recognized Boler Davis for her community service. She serves on the board of directors at General Mills, is a member of the Northwestern University McCormick Advisory Council and a board trustee of the Care House of Oakland County. Boler Davis also serves as Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board.

Alicia Boler Davis was named executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing in June 2016. Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and the GM Korea Board of Directors. She reports to GM CEO and Chairman Mary Barra.

Prior to this assignment, Boler Davis was senior vice president, Global Connected Customer Experience since December 2014, where she led the company's connected customer activities, including infotainment, OnStar and GM's Urban Active personal mobility initiatives.

In February 2012, Boler Davis was appointed U.S. vice president, Customer Experience. Later that year, her role was expanded to vice president, Global Quality, and U.S. Customer Experience. Under her leadership, GM improved vehicle quality and fundamentally redefined customer care and its interaction with customers through social media channels and Customer Engagement Centers.

Previously, Boler Davis was simultaneously the Plant manager of the Michigan Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping facilities, as well as vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer, North America Small Cars, positions she held until January 2012. Prior to that, she was plant manager at the Lansing, Mich., Consolidated Operations and Arlington Assembly in Texas, where she was the first African-American woman to be a plant manager at a GM vehicle manufacturing plant.

Boler Davis began her GM career in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer at the Midsize/Luxury Car Division in Warren, Mich. During her career, she has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering and Product Development.

Boler Davis has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a master's degree in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Indiana University.

When Boler Davis accepts the torch as the thirty-second Black Engineer of the Year in the nation's capital February 2018, she will be the sixth woman to receive this award from the Council of Engineering Deans of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which graduate more than 33 percent of all black engineers in the United States.

The list includes Shirley Ann Jackson, president of hzsj Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Wanda Austin, former president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, Lydia W. Thomas, former president and CEO of Mitretek Systems (now Noblis), and Stephanie C. Hill, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin Corporation, a longtime corporate supporter of the annual BEYA STEM Conference.

As the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year nominee, Boler-Davis is recognized as a global ambassador of goodwill for underrepresented minorities in science and technology, and for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She will keynote the 2018 Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities meeting at one of the historically black colleges and universities with ABET-accreditation.

GM Wins IHS Markit Top Loyalty Award as My GM Rewards Membership Tops 1 Million

"Such strong loyalty only comes when everyone keeps the customer at the center of everything we do, whether they are making, marketing, selling or servicing our vehicles."

Originally Published by General Motors.

General Motors Co. has earned the highest customer loyalty among all automakers selling in the United States for the fourth year in a row, IHS Markit confirmed at the Automotive News World Congress held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show.

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General Motors: Cruise and GM Take Next Step Toward Commercial Deployment of Self-Driving Cars

Dan Ammann joins Cruise as CEO; Kyle Vogt named president and CTO.

Originally Published by General Motors.

General Motors and Cruise are taking the next step toward commercializing autonomous vehicle technology with the appointment of Dan Ammann as CEO of Cruise. Kyle Vogt, Cruise co-founder, will partner with Ammann to set strategic direction for the company and will lead technology development as Cruise president and chief technology officer. The appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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General Motors Accelerates Transformation

Transforming the global enterprise to advance the company's vision of Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, Zero Congestion.

Originally Published General Motors.

General Motors will accelerate its transformation for the future, building on the comprehensive strategy it laid out in 2015 to strengthen its core business, capitalize on the future of personal mobility and drive significant cost efficiencies.

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General Motors Is Building an eBike and Wants You to Name It

Crowdsourcing campaign seeks awesome ideas from consumers around the globe.

Originally Published by General Motors.

Since committing to an all-electric future, General Motors is developing revolutionary, flexible electrification technologies that will enable our team to dream beyond the traditional vehicle and give our customers the freedom of movement that they seek. Today our team brought one of those dreams to life when we revealed two innovative, integrated and connected eBikes – one folding and one compact – without a brand.

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General Motors Calls for National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program

NZEV program could add more than 7 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

Originally Published by General Motors.

General Motors filed comments to the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. In its comments, General Motors proposes the establishment of a National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program to support a 50-state solution, promote the success of the U.S. automotive industry and preserve U.S. industrial leadership for years to come.

General Motors anticipates the NZEV program, as recommended, has the potential to place more than 7 million long-range EVs on the road by 2030, yielding a cumulative incremental reduction of 375 million tons of CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2030 over the existing ZEV program.

Quotes from Mark Reuss, executive vice president and president, Global Product Group and Cadillac:

  • "General Motors has a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. This is a bold vision and getting there will take bold actions."
  • "We believe in a policy approach that better promotes U.S. innovation and starts a much-needed national discussion on electric vehicle development and deployment in this country. A National Zero Emissions Program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the U.S. to lead the way to a zero emissions future."

Program Elements
General Motors supports a nationwide program modeled on the existing ZEV program and provides these framework recommendations:

  • Establish ZEV requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021 and increasing 2 percent each year to 15 percent by 2025, then 25 percent by 2030.
  • Use of a crediting system modeled on the current ZEV program: credits per vehicle, based on EV range, as well as averaging, banking and trading.
  • Requirements after 2025 linked to path toward commercially viable EV battery cell availability at a cost of $70/kWh and adequate EV infrastructure development.
  • Establishment of a Zero Emissions Task Force to promote complementary policies.
  • Program terminates when 25 percent target is met, or based on a determination that the battery cost or infrastructure targets are not practicable within the timeframe.
  • Additional consideration for EVs deployed as autonomous vehicles and in rideshare programs.

GM Breaks New Ground with the Industry's First True, Optional Extended Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

"One of the best things about buying a new vehicle is the peace of mind that comes with the warranty."

Originally Published by General Motors.

Effective immediately, people buying new General Motors vehicles will have the opportunity to purchase a true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty resulting in five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) for Chevrolet and GMC customers, and six years or 70,000 miles for Buick and Cadillac customers. No other brand offers customers a true extended warranty.

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