GM Announces Retirement of William E. Powell

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick
Wagoner announced today that William E. Powell, GM North America Vice
President of Industry-Dealer Affairs, has elected to retire on March 1,

“Bill Powell has made tremendous contributions to GM in
a variety of roles over the past 32 years, and we will miss his
invaluable insights,” said Wagoner. “Bill played a key role in the
successful realignment of GM’s Channel structure and dealer network
during a challenging period for the industry. Importantly, he was
instrumental in strengthening GM’s dealer development program, which
was the first in the industry.”

Powell began his career with GM
in 1977 at Buick Motor Division in Flint, Mich. He moved through a span
of sales assignments prior to becoming general manager of the Dealer
Network Investment and Development Group and later the regional general
manager of GM’s Southeast region for the Vehicle Sales, Service and
Marketing organization. Powell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from
Indiana University, and earned a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran

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