Grates exits post with GM, becomes external counsel

DETROIT: Gary Grates has left his position as VP of North American communications for General Motors, switching to an external consulting role.

DETROIT: Gary Grates has left his position as VP of North American communications for General Motors, switching to an external consulting role.

Grates had been commuting from his New York home to GM's Detroit headquarters since joining the company in late 2003. Family health issues prevented him from moving to Detroit, so he requested the shift to an advisory role.

Tom Kowaleski, VP of global communications, has taken on responsibility for the company's North American communications efforts.

Externally, MS&L, one of GM's primary agencies, has appointed Frank Guglielmi as managing director of its Detroit office.

Guglielmi, formerly deputy managing director, has more than 10 years' experience working on GM product business, said Mark Hass, CEO of MS&L.

"Frank will be part of the global management team working with GM," Hass said.

Hass, who became MS&L's CEO in April, continues to head the GM team.

Guglielmi replaces Sheila McLean, who is moving to MS&L's Washington, DC, office as an SVP and director of corporate affairs.

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