1. Charles Freese step down for David Albritton to sit General Manager
General Motors quietly made new leadership appointment for GM Defense unit which has been recently restarted.
Charles Freese stepped down from his position after leading the unit from its re-launch back in 2017 to continue in his former role as the General Manager of GM fuel cell business unit. David Albritton, an African-American, steps into the role as team lead of the Unit, leaving his former position as the executive director of International and product-development communications. He moves from the Communications role into this management role after being appointed as President of the Defense unit.
GM Defense vehicles look rigid & intimidating
Speaking on his new role as President, Albritton stated:
“It’s exciting and daunting at the same time, as it is the first time in 25 years i will not be worked in communication” … “obviously, as a lead executive, communication will be a cornerstone in everything I work on, because internal and international communication is important to the success of business and I understand that inherently. This will be a different challenge and I’m looking forward to it”
2. Who is David Albritton?
David Albritton is a former US Navy officer, having served the US Navy for almost 10 years from 1988 to 1998 in a public affairs officer capacity. He served as a Director of Public Relations at Hewlett Packard from 2000 to 2004, before moving to united ways of America where he served as vice president for its field and media communication. He worked as vice president and chief communications officer from 2011 to 2015 at Exelis before joining General Motors as an Executive Director in 2015.
Speaking on his teams role, Albritton said:
"What we’re doing is leveraging our experience in electric vehicles, fuel-cell vehicles, high-voltage batteries, electric drive systems, autonomous vehicles, off-road mobility, and heavy truck manufacturing and offering those capabilities to militaries around the world”.
David Albritton is the new head of GM Defense
This statement gives us an idea of the trajectory of GM Defense business going forward. However, since re-launching her Defense unit, General Motors have kept a low profile as regards its strategy and plans. Before selling off its former defense unit in 2003 to General Dynamics Corporation, the unit was firmly in involved in military grade designs. With the re-launch of this unit we expect GM to pursue deeper involvement in the Fuel cell powered products for defense and other relevant industries.
However, the company through its spokesman Bill Grotz revealing that
"We're not in a position to share details on our operations and plans going forward at this time, however we will have insight to share later this year and hopefully some nice business wins to discuss”, he concluded.
>>> Mercedes-Benz has just said Goodbye to its former: BMW-Benz troll: BMW made "Thank you" video to the retired Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche
3. Other leadership appointments for General Motors Defense
Other leadership appointment for the GM defense unit include:
3.1. Nigel J. Sutton
Nigel J. Sutton has been appointed as the vice president Business Development. The appointment takes effect from Ist of April 2019. Sutton who holds an Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval School and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.
He former worked with Northrop Grumman Innovation defense systems from June 2018, as Vice President International. He also serves as the Chairman Board of Directors of the Orbital ATK Middle East. Nigel Sutton has served in the US Airforce and Us Navy for about 23 years.
3.2. Jeff Ryder
Jeff Ryder has also been appointed as the Vice President Growth and Strategy with effect from the 1st of April, 2019. His current role involves promotion and growth drive of GM defense products to United states market and other governments across the globe.
Before taking this role, Jeff Ryder worked at Oceenering as Vice President Mobile Robotics. He has also worked in companies like Exelis where he served as a chief strategy officer, ITT group, BAE systems and at Booz Allen Hamilton as Senior Associate.
Jeff Ryder is appointed to Vice President Growth and Strategy
3.3. Angela Ambrose
Angela Ambrose has also been appointed Vice President Government Relations with effect from the !st of May 2019. Angela Holds an M.A in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War college and a BA in Communications from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Before taking up this role, Angela Ambrose served as the Lead for Accenture’s Government Relations, National Security and Defense portfolio from 2015 and also served as Senior Manager Business Development, Campaign Strategy and Congressional Analysis at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems from October 201 to July 2015.