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GM RESTRUCTURES PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS

 GM RESTRUCTURES PERSONNEL FUNCTIONS
 DETROIT, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The restructuring of GM's human


resources functions and the reassignment of two key vice presidents was announced today by General Motors (NYSE: GM) Chairman Robert C. Stempel.
 Gerald A. Knechtel, 50, has been named vice president of personnel for GM's North American Operations (NAO) and will report directly to GM President John F. Smith Jr. His organization will work with the NAO strategy board in the development of human resources policies and strategies to support NAO business plan objectives in such areas as health, safety, labor relations and organizational development for all operations with a North American focus.
 Richard F. O'Brien, 49, is appointed vice president of Corporate Personnel and will continue to report to GM Executive Vice President F. Alan Smith. His new staff will provide support for the GM Management Committee and will be responsible for developing personnel policies in specialized areas such as compensation planning and international administration that require worldwide coordination and integration among GM's major business sectors.
 The new organizations will replace GM's current Personnel Administration and Development Staff (PAD), Industrial Relations Staff, and the personnel functions of the various groups recently integrated into NAO.
 Knechtel is a Detroit native who has held a broad range of personnel assignments since joining GM in 1963. His management experience has ranged from compensation planning and salaried personnel administration to general personnel responsibility for GM's Worldwide Truck & Bus Group and the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group. He was named vice president in charge of the PAD Staff in 1990.
 A Massachusetts native, O'Brien joined GM in 1966 following service in the U.S. Navy. As a member of GM's Financial Staff he had extensive experience in the development of plans for employe benefits and compensation. He subsequently was assigned responsibility for directing worldwide personnel administration, employe benefits and labor relations, before becoming vice president of the PAD Staff in 1988, and vice president of Industrial Relations in 1990.
 Both appointments are effective June 1.
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 /CONTACT: John Maciarz of General Motors, 313-556-2030/
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