Further communications restructuring at GM as Barra quits internal role

DETROIT, MI: General Motors has been left without a head of internal communications as the role's incumbent, Mary Barra, has returned to the firm's manufacturing area after just a few months.

DETROIT, MI: General Motors has been left without a head of internal communications as the role's incumbent, Mary Barra, has returned to the firm's manufacturing area after just a few months.

DETROIT, MI: General Motors has been left without a head of internal communications as the role's incumbent, Mary Barra, has returned to the firm's manufacturing area after just a few months.

Steve Harris, VP communications, has been working to reorganize GM's public relations and communications operations since joining the auto giant in early 1999.

When he joined, internal communications had two people overseeing it who reported to him as well as to labor relations and human resources.

Now, internal communications reports directly to Harris while continuing to work with the other areas.

By January 1, Harris also expects to announce further reorganization of GM's communications to reflect recent changes in the company's operational structure.

'It's a constant evolution,' Harris said of efforts to streamline GM communications. By January, all GM communications people will report to Harris rather than to individual division or unit heads as some had done in the past. The change will 'help us focus a little better,' he concluded.





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