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 DETROIT, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The appointment of John F. Smith as general manager of General Motors' Allison Transmission Division, headquartered in Indianapolis, was announced today by William E. Hoglund, GM executive vice president.
 Smith, 42, whose appointment is effective Jan. 1, has been vice president of planning for General Motors Europe. He succeeds Robert M. Clark, who is retiring under the provisions of the General Motors Retirement Program.
 "John brings broad global experience to Allison Transmission," Hoglund said. "His plant, divisional, group and overseas assignments have enabled him to develop a comprehensive business background which will be of great value to the division."
 Smith joined General Motors in 1968 at the former GM Assembly Division in Kansas City. He held several management positions within the GM Financial Staff before becoming assistant comptroller for Pontiac Motor Division in 1983. In 1984, he was named finance director, Business and System Analysis, for the former Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac (B-O-C) Group.
 In 1985, he was named director of international programs and joint ventures for the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Group. He returned to B-O-C as director of planning in 1987. He was named vice president of planning for GM Europe in 1989.
 Smith, born in Kansas City, Mo., received a bachelor of engineering degree from the General Motors Institute in 1973 and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1976.
 Clark was named general manager of Allison Transmission Division in 1987.
 "Bob Clark was the first general manager to lead the Allison Transmission Division," Hoglund said. "He was responsible for the division's very successful introduction of the new World Transmission for trucks, buses, construction, mining and military applications and he also forged significant expansion in the global arena.
 "More importantly, he was instrumental in guiding the organization through the past year and a half as the division worked to determine its future," Hoglund said. "With Bob's leadership, they are now in a strong position to capitalize on their newly developed technology.
 Clark, 62, began his GM career as a co-op student at Packard Electric in Warren, Ohio, in 1952. After serving four-and-a-half years in the United States Marine Corps and attaining the rank of Colonel, he returned to Packard in 1959 as supervisor of work standards.
 After many developmental assignments at Packard and the Inland Division at Dayton in 1979, he was named works manager for Detroit Diesel Allison Indianapolis Operations and manager of the Indianapolis Operations in 1980. He was promoted to general manufacturing manager for all Detroit Diesel Allison operations in 1983.
 Clark was named manufacturing manager for engines for the former Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group in 1984 and general manager of Rochester Products in Rochester, N.Y., in 1986. He was named general manager of the newly established Allison Transmission Division in 1987.
 Born in February 1931, in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, Clark received a B.S. degree in industrial management from the University of Cincinnati in 1954 and completed the executive development program in business administration at Columbia University in 1977.
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 /CONTACT: Patzetta Trice of Allison Transmission, 317-242-2615, or Sheila C. Main, of General Motors, 313-556-2031/

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