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GM APPOINTS BAKER VP FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

 DETROIT, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors (NYSE: GM) Board of Directors has elected Kenneth R. Baker vice president in charge of the GM Research and Development Center.
 John F. Smith Jr., chief executive officer and president of GM, said his promotion and the subsequent restructuring of selected GM technical areas coincides with the planned June retirement of Dr. Robert A. Frosch, who has served as GM's top research executive since 1982.
 Under Mr. Baker, the new GM Research and Development Center will blend GM's existing research staff and early product and manufacturing development activities. In addition to his new assignment, which begins immediately, Mr. Baker will retain responsibility for GM's Electric Vehicle Program, an activity he has managed since 1990.
 An engineering graduate of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., Mr. Baker, 46, joined GM's Buick Motor Division in 1969. Following a number of engineering and management assignments at Buick, he worked with the GM Engineering Staff on an early electric car project. He returned to Buick in 1982 as a product program manr? and was promoted to assistant chief engineer at the former Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group (B-O-C) in 1984. The following year he became director of advanced vehicle engineering for the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group (C-P-C).
 He was named director of vehicle engineering for C-P-C in 1986, and later assumed additional responsibility for GM's service technology activity. When he took charge of GM's Electric Vehicle Program, he was responsible for creating a comprehensive business plan for the development of such products.
 Dr. Frosch, 64, is a New York City native who received his doctorate in theoretical physics from Columbia University in 1952, and worked in their Hudson Laboratories before moving to a variety of research assignments within the Federal Government. He held posts in the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Navy Research and Development, the UN Environment Programme, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
 In 1977 he was selected to head NASA -- the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. After four years as the administrator of NASA, he was named president of the American Association of Engineering Societies, and held that post at the time he joined General Motors.
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 /CONTACT: Jerome P. Bishop of General Motors, 313-986-5715/
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