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Gary Grates Named VP Of GM North America Communications

DETROIT - Gary F. Grates has been appointed vice president of GM North America Communications, effective Jan. 1. He replaces Tom Kowaleski, who recently was promoted to vice president of GM Communications, responsible for General Motors' communications efforts globally.

Grates will become a member of the GM North America Strategy Board, the senior management team responsible for the region's business. He will oversee marketing, brand, financial, internal and product communications in the region, the largest within GM.

Grates joined GM as executive director of global internal communications in January 2001, and added responsibilities for executive/financial communications earlier this year. He previously was president and CEO of New York City-based GCI BoxenbaumGrates, a strategic communications counseling firm and a unit of Grey Advertising's Public Relations Division, GCI Group. While there, Grates served as senior counselor to leading Fortune 500 companies in strategic internal communications and change management. He also was the architect of a novel relationship with GM, directing the internal communications function for a 100-person worldwide staff at GM, and reporting to Steve Harris, vice president of GM Communications. GM announced in October that Harris will retire Jan. 1.

A native of Utica, N.Y., Grates is the son of the late Fred and Corinne Grates. He is a 1981 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and earned a master of science degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also serves at Syracuse as an adjunct professor at the graduate level, and is a member of the school's Wall of Fame.

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