General Motors is restructuring its IT to grow a $25 billion software business

General Motors has restructured its IT function to support its goal of growing software services revenue to $25 billion per year by 2030. The IT role has been split into two, with one focusing on IT back office, while the other is a new business software function.

Following Randy Mott’s retirement as global chief information officer and chief information officer, the auto giant named Fred Killeen to replace him, reporting to GM’s president and CEO, Mary Barra. Through the restructuring, Killeen leads the traditional back-office IT function and will lead the global IT team, responsible for enabling IT assets and solutions across the company in support of GM’s overall global business.

GM has also named Stacy Lynett as vice president of digital enterprise software, reporting to chief digital officer Edward Kummer. Lynett leads a newly formed and growing team responsible for technology strategy and software product development for clients.

“The new structure and dual operating model will allow GM to take full advantage of its strong foundation of IT capabilities, talent and resources, as well as reduce complexity and improve speed,” said barra. “Stacy and Fred bring unique backgrounds and experiences to help us seize the opportunities that software plays in our business as we transition from automaker to platform innovator.”

While Killeen’s team will focus on GM’s global back-office IT support, Lynett’s team will focus on business software transformation at GM, which includes technology strategy and software product development. to provide new products and services to customers. GM said the two teams will continue to work together to drive innovation, provide software and technology to support the business, and recruit and develop technology talent within GM.

Killeen was previously chief information security officer and chief technology officer for GM IT, responsible for the company’s global information security and IT risk management programs. He has also been the technical director of GM IT since 2005.

Lynett previously worked as Executive Director and CIO of Global Product Development and Quality for GM IT, and CIO for GM’s global corporate function, responsible for deploying Workday and supporting IT legal and security systems. communication. She has also held CIO positions supporting GM IT’s global operations and the company’s enterprise SAP development and delivery function.

Many automakers are following Tesla’s lead in using software to differentiate their cars. Lynett’s role and formation of the digital enterprise software business function is the next phase of GM’s plans to focus on developing software products and services. In September, the automaker unveiled Ultifi, an end-to-end software platform that would have been designed to unlock new vehicle experiences and connect customers’ digital lives.

According to GM, Ultifi will provide customers with software-defined functionality, applications and services over the air and offers the potential for more cloud-based services, faster software development and new opportunities to increase customer loyalty. clients. “Now with Ultifi, we will be able to continually improve our software and bring new features and applications to customers in a fraction of the time,” said GM President Mark Reuss.

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