Tom Stephens, GM Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, to Retire

General Motors Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Tom Stephens has elected to retire effective April 1, capping a 43-year career that included leadership of the company’s global powertrain and product development organizations.

In his most recent role as CTO, Stephens led the company’s product technology arm, working to identify and develop advanced and game-changing technologies for integration in future GM vehicles. He also focused on building closer relationships with external and internal technology partners. His successor will be named later.

General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens (center) hoists the 2011 Motor Trend Car Of The Year award for the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle at an announcement in the wind tunnel at the General Motors Aerodynamics Lab in Warren, Michigan Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Motor Trend recognized the Volt for the efficient, low-emissions capability of an electric motor with the range and flexibility of an internal combustion engine. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

Stephens, 63, served as Vice Chairman, Global Product Operations from April 2009 through February 2011. He was Group Vice President of Global Powertrain from July 2001 to March 2008, when he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Global Powertrain and Global Quality.