General Motors has restructured its IT function to support its goal of growing software-based services revenue to $ 25 billion per year by 2030. The IT role has been split into two, one focusing on the back-office computing, while the other is a new business software function.
Following Randy Mott’s retirement as global head of information and information technology, the auto giant appointed Fred Killeen as its replacement, reporting to GM 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 the implementation of IT assets and solutions across the enterprise in support of the global operations. Global GM.
GM has also appointed Stacy Lynett as vice president of digital business 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 move from an automaker to a platform innovator. “
While Killeen’s team will focus on GM’s global back-office IT support, Lynett’s team is focused on transforming software into business at GM, which includes technology strategy and software product development for 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, as well as recruit and develop technology talent within GM.
Killeen previously served as Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Technology Officer for GM IT, responsible for global information security and IT risk management programs. He has also been CTO 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 Workday Deployment and supporting legal and communications IT systems. She has also held CIO positions supporting GM IT’s global operations and the company’s SAP development and delivery function.
Many automakers are following Tesla’s lead in using software to differentiate their cars. Lynett’s role and the formation of the digital business software sales function is the next phase of GM’s plans to develop software-based products and services. In September, the automaker unveiled Ultifi, an end-to-end software platform said to have been designed to unlock new vehicle experiences and connect customers’ digital lives.
According to GM, Ultifi will deliver software-defined features, applications and services to customers over the air and offer the potential for more cloud-based services, faster software development and new opportunities to increase customer loyalty. “Now, with Ultifi, we will be able to continuously improve our software and deliver new features and applications to customers in a fraction of the time,” said GM President Mark Reuss.