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GM Taps Howell for VP of Human Resources

Feb 20, 2013

Nathan Bomey

GM

General Motors named a new vice president for global human resources after the previous person in that position, Cindy Brinkley, left "to pursue other opportunities," the company said today in a statement.

The automaker appointed Melissa Howell, a 23-year GM veteran, to serve in the human resources role. She climbed the ranks of the company's HR department for more than two decades, spending time in various roles, including jobs in Europe, Asia and North America.

"Melissa's global experience, relationships and knowledge of the business will serve her well in leading GM Human Resources," GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement. "Her no-nonsense counsel and proven track record as a business partner and change agent will benefit the total GM team."

Brinkley had joined GM in summer 2011 after serving as an executive at AT&T.

Howell's appointment comes as GM is still subject to executive pay restrictions because of its $49.5 billion bailout. The government will lift the pay caps after it sells all of its GM stock in about a year, giving GM the leeway to offer more aggressive compensation packages.

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