NEW YORK: Gary Grates, president of GCI BoxenbaumGrates, is transitioning into the full-time role as head of General Motors' global internal communications.
Grates will also take on the title of chairman of GCI-BG as part of an agreement that he "devote 25% of his time counseling clients and prospects, working with current GCI-BG staff," according to a statement from GCI Group.
The move will be completed on March 21, and GCI is looking for a new president to replace Grates by that time.
Grates sold his internal communications and change-management agency to GCI in mid-1999. The firm's other partner, Lou Boxenbaum, retired that same year.
Grates has been an internal communications consultant to GM since early 2001, when the company announced it had retained his firm to revamp its employee communications efforts. GM had been using the firm on a project basis since 1997. Grates has been spending about four days a week in GM's Detroit headquarters.
"This is part of the natural evolution of Gary's relationship with GM," said Bob Pearson, president of GCI/Americas.