Bob Lutz, GM's vice president of global product development moves into a new role from April 1, before he retires at the end of 2009.
Lutz, 76, will from April assume a new role as vice chairman and senior adviser, providing input into GM's global design and key product initiatives.
“Bob Lutz was already a legendary automotive product guy when he rejoined GM in 2001,” Wagoner said, “and he’s added to that by leading the creation of a string of award-winning vehicles for GM during his time here. His 46 years of experience in the global automotive business have been invaluable to us.
"I’ve personally learned a great deal from Bob and have very much enjoyed the time we’ve worked together,” Wagoner added. “I’m looking forward to Bob’s continued contributions to GM for the remainder of 2009 – and I know the impact of his efforts leading GM global product development will continue for years to come."
Lutz is succeeded in the global product development role by Tom Stephens, who is currently GM's executive vice president: Global powertrain and Global quality.