GM DESIGN STAFF EXECUTIVE CHANGES
GM DESIGN STAFF EXECUTIVE CHANGES DETROIT, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The appointments of Wayne K.
Cherry as vice president-elect of the General Motors Design Staff, and Jerry P. Palmer as executive director of design for North American Operations (NAO), were announced today by GM Chairman Robert C. Stempel and President John F. Smith, Jr.
Mr. Cherry will succeed Charles M. Jordan, who retires Nov. 1 after more than 43 years of service with the GM Design Staff. Mr. Stempel said, "Chuck Jordan has been a visionary throughout his many years at GM. From his early concept designs during the Motorama years to today's award-winning products like the Cadillac STS, Pontiac Bonneville and Saturn, his passion for design will continue at GM through the exceptional team he leaves behind." "The new GM Design Staff executives," Mr. Smith said, "will lead the GM Design Staff into the next century, working together to manage the people, creativity, process and business of design." Mr. Palmer and R. Brooks Stover, who will continue as executive director of engineering and design services, will report directly to Mr. Cherry. Mr. Cherry will report to Gary W. Dickinson, GM vice president and group executive of Technical Staffs Group for NAO. The appointments are effective immediately. Mr. Cherry has spent much of his 30-year GM Design Staff career in overseas assignments, the most recent the full responsibility for the design of GM cars in Europe. In his new assignment, Mr. Cherry will oversee GM's worldwide design activities. Mr. Palmer spent many years with the Chevrolet studios with prime responsibility for the Corvette and most recently headed up the Advanced Automotive Design Group and the Pontiac studios. In his new assignment, all North American design activities will report to him. - - - BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION -- CHARLES M. JORDAN was elected vice president of the General Motors Design Staff on Oct. 6, 1986 -- only the fourth person to head the staff. Born Oct. 21, 1927, in Whittier, Calif., his interest in automobile styling and design began in grade school. As a national award winner in the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild model car competition, he was awarded a four-year scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1949, Mr. Jordan received a mechanical engineering degree from MIT and joined the GM Design (then Styling) Staff as a junior designer. At the age of 26, he was named chief designer of the special products studio. Mr. Jordan was appointed Cadillac chief designer in 1957 and in 1962, became executive-in-charge of automotive design, responsible for all GM car and truck exteriors. From 1967 to 1970, Mr. Jordan was design director for Adam Opel AG, GM's West German subsidiary. On his return to the United States, he was appointed executive-in-charge of automotive exterior design for Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac. In 1972, he assumed a similar position for Chevrolet, Pontiac and commercial vehicles. In 1977, Mr. Jordan was named director of design for the entire staff and was serving in that capacity when he was elected a vice president of General Motors. -- WAYNE K. CHERRY, most recently executive designer for the Chevrolet, Geo and GM of Canada Group, was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Sept. 3, 1937. He received a bachelor of arts degree in industrial design from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design in 1962, the same year he began his GM design career. He accepted his first international assignment at Vauxhall Motors Ltd., in Luton, England, in 1965. Following several managerial positions, he was appointed assistant director of design in March 1971. In June 1975, he was appointed director of design at Vauxhall/Bedford with overall responsibility for the design of that company's entire passenger car and commercial vehicle line. From Vauxhall, Mr. Cherry moved to Adam Opel AG, in Russelsheim, Germany, as director of design in July 1983. In this position, he was responsible for the design of all GM passenger cars in Europe. He returned to the United States in September 1991 as executive designer for Chevrolet, Geo and GM of Canada. -- JERRY P. PALMER, formerly executive designer of the Advanced Automotive Design Group and the Pontiac studios, was born in Detroit, on Oct. 22, 1942. He graduated from Detroit's Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design in 1966. Mr. Palmer began his GM career as a college student-in-training in 1965. He spent most of his design career in the Chevrolet III Studio which is responsible for the design of the Corvette, Camaro and Beretta. He became an assistant chief designer in 1971 and was named chief designer in 1974. During his tenure in the Chevrolet studios, Mr. Palmer supervised the design development of some of the division's most successful production designs, notably the 1982 Camaro Z28, the 1984 Corvette and the 1987 Beretta. He also had assignments at Vauxhall in England, and Isuzu in Japan. In October 1986, he was named executive designer of the Advanced Automotive Design Group. He oversaw many designs while in this position, including many divisional advanced concept vehicles, most recently the Ultralite. After completing the Senior Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in December 1990, Mr. Palmer was given total design responsibility for Pontiac Division models in addition to his advanced design responsibilities. -- R. BROOKS STOVER was appointed executive director of engineering and design services for the GM Design Staff in January 1989. He was born in Robinson, Ill., on Nov. 1, 1947. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the GMI Engineering and Management Institute in 1969; a master's degree in production design from Stanford University in 1972; and a master's in business management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 under the Sloan Fellowship Program. Mr. Stover began his career as a GMI student at the Design Staff in 1965. After holding a variety of design and engineering assignments, he was promoted to manager of vehicle planning in 1978. In 1980, he transferred to Chevrolet as a project design engineer. In 1982, he moved to GM's central office in Detroit as manager of organizational studies. Mr. Stover was named director, engineering planning for the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group (C-P-C) in 1984. Two years later, he became director of planning and business management for C-P-C, the position he held prior to his most recent assignment. -0- 9/15/92 /CONTACT: Mary Roznowski of GM News Relations, 313-986-5717/ (GM) CO: General Motors ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: PER
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