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 |  Apr 15 2014, 8:26 AM

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General Motors is making some large internal changes that it claims are not related to its current recall crisis.

The company has announced that its public relations chief, Selim Bingol, is leaving the company to “pursue other interests.” His successor has not yet been named, though Randy Arickx, GM’s head of investor relations will fill in for Bingol in the interim.

General Motors also announced that a new head of human resources has been appointed. John J. Quattrone (seen above) has been named for the position, replacing Melissa A. Howel who is also leaving GM to “pursue other interests.”

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These major changes come while GM is under intense scrutiny from federal regulators and the general public after a recall of 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches that is linked to at least 13 deaths. That recall triggered a chain effect, and in the first quarter of 2014 GM has now recalled nearly seven million cars.

“It’s not related to the recall,” GM spokesman Greg Martin told Automotive News. “It’s a part of any transition where the CEO makes changes and puts together her leadership team.”

[Source: Automotive News]

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