GM Names Melissa Howell to Lead Global Human Resources
February 19, 2013
DETROIT – General Motors today appointed Melissa Howell as Vice President, Global Human Resources, effective immediately.
Howell has more than two decades of experience in GM Human Resources, supporting Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Corporate Staffs and Manufacturing Engineering. She has worked in Compensation, Benefits and Labor Relations and held key assignments in Europe, Asia and North America.
“Melissa’s global experience, relationships and knowledge of the business will serve her well in leading GM Human Resources,” said GM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson. “Her no-nonsense counsel and proven track record as a business partner and change agent will benefit the total GM team.”
Howell, 46, will report to Akerson and serve on the company’s Executive Operations Committee. She succeeds Cindy Brinkley, who decided to leave GM to pursue other opportunities.
Howell joined GM in 1990 as a Labor Relations representative at the Willow Run Assembly Plant in Michigan. She is an active volunteer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Detroit, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Judson Center in Royal Oak, Mich., and serves on the program committee for Inforum Michigan.