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KEY EXECUTIVES NAMED FOR GM NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS

 KEY EXECUTIVES NAMED FOR GM NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS
 DETROIT, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizational changes and the


appointments of executives to key positions in General Motors' (NYSE: GM) new North American Operations (NAO) were announced today by Chairman Robert C. Stempel and President John F. Smith Jr.
 "These appointments will enable us to accelerate the fundamental changes necessary to reduce costs, restore profitability to our core North American vehicle business and strengthen GM's performance throughout the world," said Stempel and Smith.
 The NAO executive appointments, which are in line with the restructuring and rationalization of GM's North American organization announced Feb. 24, are effective May 1. They are:
 -- J. Michael Losh, vice president and general manager of
 Oldsmobile Division, to vice president and group executive,
 North American Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
 Responsibilities will include the marketing divisions of
 Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC Truck,
 and GM of Canada, as well as GM de Mexico, Service Parts
 Operations and the Service Technology Group. Also
 reporting to Losh will be the Customer Sales and
 Service Staff and Consumer Market Development, which have
 been part of the corporate operating staffs; and North
 American Export Sales, which has been part of GM
 International Operations.
 -- E. Michael Mutchler, vice president and group executive of
 the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group (C-P-C), to vice
 president and group executive, North American Passenger Car
 Platforms. Mutchler will lead the combined platform
 division organizations of Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group
 (B-O-C) and C-P-C, including the Lansing Automotive
 Division, Flint Automotive Division, Rear Wheel Drive
 Product Team and Mid-size Product Team.
 -- Clifford J. Vaughan, vice president and group executive of
 the Truck & Bus Group, to vice president and group
 executive, North American Truck Platforms.
 -- J.T. Battenberg III, vice president and group executive of
 B-O-C, to vice president and group executive of Worldwide
 Components, including the divisions currently under the
 Automotive Components Group (ACG).
 -- J. Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua, vice president of GM Europe
 in charge of European Supply, to vice president of GM in
 charge of Worldwide Purchasing. In his new
 responsibilities, Lopez will serve on the NAO Strategy
 Board, will continue to serve on the European Strategy
 Board, and will be responsible for Motors Trading
 Corporation. His appointment is part of a GM move to a
 more centralized purchasing structure that will combine the
 corporation's global resources to reduce material cost and
 accelerate the return to profitability of NAO. He will
 report to Smith.
 -- Donald A. Pais, vice president in charge of Materials
 Management Staff, to vice president in charge of North
 American Production Control and Logistics, reporting to
 Smith.
 -- John D. Rock, vice president of the current Customer Sales
 and Service Staff, to vice president and general manager of
 Oldsmobile Division, replacing and reporting to Losh.
 "The team is in place and we are going to aggressively implement change and improvement throughout our operations," Stempel and Smith said. "We will address our fundamental cost structure challenges, streamline our business practices and recognize the importance of our product and people as we focus on customer satisfaction."
 Smith also announced that Richard C. Nerod, vice president of Latin American Operations, takes on the additional responsibilities for African and Mid-East operations.
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 Following is biographical information about General Motors executives involved in today's announcement of executive changes:
 J. MICHAEL LOSH, 45, began his career in 1964 as a GMI student at Inland Division. After obtaining a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree, he received a MBA from Harvard University in 1970. In 1972, he joined the financial staff in New York and was appointed director, profit analysis and forecasts in 1974 and later, director of product programs in Detroit in 1976. In 1979, Losh transferred to GM do Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil as the chief financial officer, and subsequently became managing director of GM de Mexico in 1982. He was appointed vice president and general manager of Pontiac Division in 1984 and became Oldsmobile's general manager in 1989.
 JOHN D. ROCK, 56, received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1960, the year he joined GM as a district manager trainee with Buick Motor Division in Flint, Mich. Following assignments in Buick's Chicago and Denver zones, he was appointed director of fleet sales in 1967. He joined the Central Office Marketing Staff in 1968 and became director, fleet and government sales the following year. After returning to Buick in 1973 as manager, eastern sales region in New York and assistant general sales manager in 1978, he was appointed executive director of marketing for GM Holden's in Melbourne, Australia. He transferred to the Truck and Bus Group in 1982 and was named general manager of the GMC Truck Division in 1987. In 1991, Rock was appointed vice president of GM in charge of the Customer Sales and Service Staff.
 E. MICHAEL MUTCHLER, 57, began his career at Chevrolet Division in Cleveland as a GMI student. He progressed through a variety of engineering and manufacturing positions after obtaining a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1958. In 1972, he became plant manager of Chevrolet's Metal Fabrication Operation in Flint, in 1974 was appointed regional plant manager and in 1979 was named program manager. He transferred to AC Spark Plug Division as general manufacturing manager in 1981 and later became general manager of Rochester Products Division in New York in 1983. In 1986, Mutchler was appointed vice president of GMC and group executive in charge of the Electrical Components Group and later became group executive of the Truck and Bus Group in 1988. He was appointed group executive in charge of the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group in 1989.
 CLIFFORD J. VAUGHAN, 58, a graduate of GMI with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, began full-time employment in 1956 as a paint foreman at Chevrolet's Norwood plant. He progressed through a number of manufacturing positions and in 1966 became plant manager of Chevrolet's Willow Run facility. Subsequently, he became plant manager of operations in Kansas City, St. Louis and Fremont. In 1978, he was appointed regional plant manager for GM Assembly Division and in 1979, he transferred to Adam Opel in Germany as director of manufacturing and later became executive director of manufacturing and assembly operations in 1980. Vaughan was appointed vice president of GMC and managing director of GM do Brasil in San Paulo, Brazil, in 1983. In 1987, he became general manager of Electro-Motive Division in LaGrange, Ill., and was appointed group executive of Truck and Bus in 1989.
 J.T. BATTENBERG III, 48, obtained a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from GMI in 1966 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1969. He began full-time employment in 1966 at the Chevrolet Division in Kansas City in the manufacturing area and subsequently transferred to St. Louis as supervisor of labor relations in 1969. He transferred to GM Assembly Division and held positions in data processing, finance and production and in 1979 became plant manager of the Arlington, Texas, facility. In 1980, he was appointed managing director of GM Continental in Antwerp, Belgium, and later became general manager of the former Bedford operation in Luton, England. Battenberg returned to the United States in 1986 as product manager of B-O-C's Flint Automotive Division and was appointed vice president of GMC and product manager in 1988. Later that year, he was appointed group executive in charge of the B-O-C Group.
 J. IGNACIO LOPEZ de ARRIORTUA, 50, a native of Spain, began his GM career in 1980 as manager of industrial engineering for GM Espana in Zaragoza, Spain. In 1986, he was appointed director of materials management for GM Espana and executive director European central purchasing in 1988, stationed in Germany. Lopez became vice president of GM Europe in charge of European supply in 1990.
 DONALD A. PAIS, 56, a graduate of Michigan State University, holds a bachelor's degree in packaging technology. He joined GM in 1957 as a statistician for Chevrolet Division in Warren, Mich. After a variety of financial positions, in 1973 he became manager of engineering manufacturing and in 1975, he was appointed manager of administration for the corporate Product Planning Staff. He became director of materials management for Delco Moraine Division in 1980 and subsequently was appointed to a similar position for the Pontiac Motor Division in 1982. He joined the C-P-C group as director of materials management in 1984 and was appointed vice president of GMC in charge of the Materials Management Staff in 1985.
 RICHARD C. NEROD, 54, received a bachelor's degree in government and history from St. John's University and a master's degree in business administration from New York University. He began his career in the supply department of the GM Overseas Operations in 1960, headquartered in New York. In 1964, he transferred to GM de Venezuela as assistant supply manager and in 1967 became supply manager of GM Uruguay and held a similar position at GM Chile in 1968. Nerod was appointed to managing director posts at GM Thailand in 1972, GM Malaysia in 1974, GM de Venezuela in 1977 and GM Expana in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1980. He became executive director of marketing for GM do Brasil in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1984 and managing director of GM de Mexico in 1987. He was appointed vice president of Latin American Operations in 1991.
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