Joe Spielman to Retire After 43 Years of Distinguished Service
DETROIT – Joe Spielman, GM vice president of North America assembly and stamping operations, will retire Feb. 1, 2007, after 43 years of distinguished service to the world’s largest automaker.
“Joe has had an outstanding career with GM,” Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said in announcing Spielman’s retirement today. “His leadership has been a significant factor in GM’s ongoing improvements in safety, quality, productivity and strong relationships with our unions, and his enthusiasm and passion were infectious to all who came in contact with him.”
Spielman’s responsibilities will be assumed by Tim Lee, GM North America vice president of manufacturing.
Spielman has operational responsibility for GM’s assembly and metal stamping plants in North America. Before he was appointed to that post in January 2005, he had been GM vice president and general manager of vehicle manufacturing with responsibility for North American assembly plants since 2003.
Spielman joined GM in 1963 at the former Fisher Body plant in Flint, Mich., as a General Motors Institute intern. After holding several supervisory and management positions at the plant, he was named plant manager in 1980. The following year, he became manager of the former Fisher Body Metal Fabricating plant in Marion, Ind.
Spielman subsequently held management positions with the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group. In 1991 he was named vice president and general manager of the former Rear Drive Automotive Division and, in 1992, of the former Midsize Car Division. He was appointed to head the Metal Fabricating Division and Manufacturing Center in October 1994.
Born in New York City, Spielman was raised in Trimont, Minn. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from GMI, and he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Spielman is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He also is president of The Hundred Club of Flint Inc., and is an executive for Kettering University, formerly GMI. Spielman was elected to the Engineering Society of Detroit College of Fellows and was inducted into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame in 2001.
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