Tuesday, 31 May 2022 11:06

Marcos Purty to Lead GM’s Global Workplace Safety


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General Motors on May 27 announced Marcos Purty will be appointed vice president of global workplace safety, effective June 1. 

Purty will replace Jim Glynn, who will retire after more than 40 years of dedicated service, effective Sept. 1. 


Purty returns to GM from Amazon, where for the past 18 months he was vice president of North America fulfilment, Amazon Robotics Sortable Operations. Purty spent the first 25 years of his professional career with GM, beginning in 1994 at GM’s former Pontiac Assembly.


Purty will report to GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra and report indirectly to Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of global manufacturing and sustainability.


“We are pleased to welcome Marcos back to General Motors,” said Barra. “Marcos’ global experience across our manufacturing operations, engineering and launch teams, as well as his external experience, position him well to continue the company’s safety transformation.


“We thank Jim for his dedication, his credibility as a leader and his genuine passion for people to lead the change to create an enterprise-wide safety culture," Barra said. "Our safety culture would not be what it is today if it were not for Jim’s experience and leadership, and for that we are forever grateful.”


Purty built a strong leadership foundation in both operations and engineering. His extensive global experience began in 2002 with an international assignment at Oshawa Assembly in Canada. After he returned to the U.S. and excelled in leadership roles at Pontiac Assembly and Fort Wayne Assembly, Purty embarked on a series of international assignments in Australia, Indonesia and Thailand, where his teams successfully executed strategic plans under his leadership. In 2016, Purty returned to the U.S. as plant executive director at Lansing Delta Township Assembly.


In his last assignment at GM as executive director of global manufacturing strategy and planning, Purty directed GM Manufacturing’s footprint in cost and profitability, spearheaded new product allocation to increase...

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