EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

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    EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    GM names EV exec Doug Parks as new head of purchasing, product development


    Doug Parks, a longtime General Motors engineer who oversees its autonomous and electric-vehicle programs, will become the automaker's global product development and purchasing chief, GM said Wednesday.

    The move comes as GM prepares to make a major push into electrification of its lineup. CEO Mary Barra this week said the company expects to spend more money developing EVs than internal-combustion vehicles over the next five years.

    Parks will take over product development duties from President Mark Reuss and assume responsibility for purchasing and supply chain from Steve Kiefer. Kiefer, GM's purchasing boss for the past five years, will be president of GM South America and International Operations. The moves take effect Friday.

    Parks, 58, and Kiefer, 56, will report to Reuss, who is expanding his role as president to oversee GM's regional businesses. GM's top officials in North America and China, who previously reported to Barra, also will report to Reuss now.

    "Our industry is transforming faster than at any time in its history," Barra said in a statement. "Aligning our regional operations under Mark will drive even greater collaboration and speed-to-market, and accelerate growth opportunities in our core business and in the future of mobility."

    Parks' new title executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain is the same one held by Reuss from 2013 to 2018 and by Barra before that. Reuss, 56, had maintained oversight of product development in his latest role.

    Parks joined GM as a tooling engineer shortly after graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1984. His career included time as chief engineer of the Pontiac Solstice, Chevrolet Cobalt and Chevy Volt. He was promoted to vice president of global product programs under Barra when she was the head of product development.

    Parks' replacement running the autonomous and EV programs will be Ken Morris, the current vice president of global product programs. Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer of full-size trucks, will succeed Morris, and Shilpan Amin, executive director of interior and exterior, global purchasing and supply chain, will become vice president of global purchasing and supply chain. All three will report to Parks.

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    Re: EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    Interesting development, another step to 0, 0, 0............

    or ZERO, ZERO, ZERO if you prefer?

    Must have run out of 39 year-old females from India to place?

    "Parks will take over product development duties from President Mark Reuss"

    Good for EV's bad for ICE, or just promoting Reuss up and out of the way?
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    Re: EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Good for EV's bad for ICE, or just promoting Reuss up and out of the way?
    Acknowledging GM's corporate culture, I think it's a combination of both.
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    Re: EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    Apparently Reuss is now in charge of all operating regions. Is this good news? Dunno.
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    Re: EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    Quote Originally Posted by dannyg View Post
    Apparently Reuss is now in charge of all operating regions. Is this good news? Dunno.
    Assuming he was part of a problem, it minimizes his ability to micromanage...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post

    Must have run out of 39 year-old females from India to place?
    Do chromosomes have anything to do with it?

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    Re: EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    Quote Originally Posted by Diego View Post
    Do chromosomes have anything to do with it?
    In this case, no - unless you know something we don't?.................

    I've been pretty open about GM's choice for CFO...........

    You can say, I'm racist, sexist and/or xenophobic, but what would have been our thoughts, if they picked a 39 year-old white dude from Nebraska with a whopping 13 years at GM; most of which was in Fixed Income to be CFO?

    Who's he sleeping with or who does he have pictures of? The fact that she is from India and Female just give us different things to question the decision.

    I'm a numbers guy, degree in finance and have a very good working relationship with the CFO of our measly little 2 Billion Dollar Company, we can't be the only two people in the world questioning her in that role.



    But I digress, this thread isn't about her............

    What do we think this announcement means about GM (The maker of the infamous Bolt, discontinued; Malibu ECO, Malibu Hybrid and Volt) is this a real EV push; or is this just more "show"?



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    Re: EV Executive Doug Parks now head of Purchasing & Product Development

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    In this case, no
    Doesn't seem that way.

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