GM Restructures Engineers in Wake of Massive Recalls

General Motors is shaking up its global engineering structure following the ongoing ignition switch recall.

The company announced today that it will divide its global engineering department in an effort to improve accountability within the company and to promote building safer vehicles. Global Vehicle Engineering is being split into two new organizations called Global Product Integrity and Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems.

It was also announced today that John Calabrese, vice president of the now-defunct Global Vehicle Engineering will retire after spending over 33 years working for General Motors. According to reports via Twitter, GM product development boss Mark Reuss said today that Calabrese’ retirement is not connected to the ignition switch recall, but that the choice to break up the company’s engineering is.

Ken Morris will head up GM’s new Global Product Integrity division and comes from being GM’s executive director of global chassis engineering. The newly-created department also includes the recently-formed “Global Vehicle Safety Organization.”

Ken Kelzer will oversee global vehicle components and sub-systems and has worked with GM since 1982 when he joined the company as an intern. Most recently, Kelzer led the company’s European powertrain engineering.