In a major structural move that eliminates an entire layer of management and 20 executive positions, General Motors‘ entire product development department is being overhauled, and executive director and group vehicle line executive for electric cars and former Chevy Volt vehicle line executive, Doug Parks, has been promoted to the newly created position of Vice President of Product Programs.
Under Parks will be a single chief engineer from each program reporting to him. The previous setup consisted of a vehicle line executive, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer...
The people I know who have worked with Parks describe him as a no nonsense, get the job done type of guy, who is not afraid to call out a subordinate or a peer. The promotion does speak to the success of the Volt as well as, Parks' performance. The flattening of management structure is also a good thing.