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News of  June 27, 2001


Jim Queen Named Vice President - GM North America Engineering

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. announced that James E. Queen has been appointed vice president, GM North America Engineering, effective July 1. He will continue to report to Thomas J. Davis, group vice president, GM North America Product Development. Queen, 52, had been GM vice president, Vehicle Systems since January. In his new position, he will retain his current vehicle systems engineering responsibilities. He also will assume the vehicle integration leadership that had been spearheaded by Thomas G. Stephens, who moves to GM Powertrain as group vice president on July 1.

"Jim has demonstrated his leadership capability consistently throughout his career, and I am confident he will continue to engage the Engineering team to deliver great products," Davis said. "He's earned respect and trust at all levels inside and outside GM, making his move to the expanded role smooth and seamless."

Queen joined General Motors in 1977 as a salaried employee in training with the Buick Motor Division in Flint, Michigan. While at Buick, he advanced through a series of engineering assignments until 1984, when he was named manager of customer satisfaction and engineering activities. He was transferred to the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group (B-O-C) Powertrain Division in 1986 as a senior staff engineer in Detroit, Michigan, and in 1988 he joined the division's operations in Lansing, Michigan, as assistant chief engineer.

Eighteen months later he became the chief engineer, Quad-4 engine, and in 1991 was appointed assistant chief engineer for the B-O-C Lansing Automotive Division. In 1995 he was promoted to the position of engineering director for North American Operations chassis/electrical/interior engineering activities at the GM Technical Center. He was named group director of engineering, GM Small Car Group in 1997. In 1999 he was promoted to vice president and group director of engineering for the North America Car Group, the position he held prior to his current assignment as GM vice president of Vehicle Systems.

Queen was born in Zanesville, Ohio, on February 4, 1949. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and aerospace engineering at the United States Naval Academy in 1971 and served with the United States Marine Corps from 1971 to 1977. He has also participated in the Amos Tuck Executive Development Program at Dartmouth College in 1990.

(June 26, 2001)

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