GM’s next workplace safety chief to join automaker after 18 months at Amazon

DETROIT– General Motors‘ the next vice president of global workplace safety will join the automaker after 18 months at Amazon.

Marcos Purty will assume the role, effective June 1, replacing Jim Glynn, who will retire after more than 40 years with GM, effective September 1, GM said in a statement Friday.

For the past 18 months, Purty served as Vice President of North America Fulfillment for Amazon Robotics Sortable Operations. He spent the first 25 years of his career at GM.

In his last role at GM, from January to October 2020, Purty was executive director of global manufacturing strategy and planning. Purty “led GM Manufacturing’s cost and profitability footprint, led new product allocation to increase manufacturing utilization, developed a total utilization plan and footprint for the future GM’s all-electric vehicle and has implemented environmentally sustainable choices for the future,” GM said in the statement.

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

“We are delighted to welcome Marcos back to General Motors,” Barra said in the statement. “Marcos’ global experience in our manufacturing operations, engineering and launch teams, as well as his external experience, positions him well to continue the company’s security transformation.”

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