News of November 14, 2001
Kutner To Retire, Andersson Named GM Vice President Worldwide Purchasing, Production Control & Logistics
Bo I. Andersson, who has held several positions of increasing responsibility in purchasing, has been appointed GM vice president Worldwide Purchasing, Production Control and Logistics effective Dec. 1. He has been executive in charge of Worldwide Purchasing since 1999.
Under Kutner's leadership, GM's purchasing operations were transformed into a global entity that manages nearly $130 billion in annual transactions and awards business to a diverse group of global suppliers. He helped persuade the federal government to establish an "Empowerment Zone" in Detroit, and strengthened GM's commitment to developing minorit suppliers.
"Harold Kutner is a very talented business leader who has demonstrated a willingness to take on and succeed with tough assignments throughout his career," said Rick Wagoner, GM president and chief executive officer. "He has unlimited energy, and was a leader in developing a truly global organization. He is an innovator whose skills and passion for GM will be sincerely missed."
Andersson, who joined Saab in 1987, will become a member of GM's Automotive Strategy Board and North America Strategy Board. He will continue as chairman of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council.
Kutner was named group vice president in charge of Worldwide Purchasing and North American Production Control and Logistics in August 1998. He is a member of GM's Automotive Strategy Board, North America Strategy Board, and the New United Motor Manufacturing Board of Directors. He also is a member of the boards of Covisint and Vector SCM.
He was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the industry's online purchasing exchange, Covisint. He and his team also are leading the effort, called "Order to Delivery," to streamline and integrate GM's product development, manufacturing, sales and distribution systems to provide faster and more reliable delivery of new cars and trucks to GM customers. Andersson will assume Kutner's leadership role in that effort as well.
"Harold began his GM career in 1963 at the age of 23, but he actually got his first job at the age of 8 and has never stopped working," said Ron Zarrella, executive vice president and president of GM North America. "He has used that work ethic to build a purchasing organization that is unrivaled in terms of scope, efficiency and performance. Harold is a teacher and mentor and his people have played key roles throughout the corporation. All of us on the North American team will miss working with him."
Kutner was appointed to the National Minority Supplier Development Council, named vice-chairman in 1996, and serves as chairman of its executive committee. He is a member of the boards of Oakland University and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, and serves on the automotive advisory council for the Industrial Technology Institute.
He was named "One of the Top 25 for E-Commerce" by Business Week magazine. He also received the University of Buffalo's first Alumni of the Year award in November 2000.
Kutner, 61, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from State University of New York and completed the Program for Senior Executives at Stanford University in 1983.
Andersson, 46, held various management positions before his appointment as vice president of purchasing for Saab in 1990. In August 1993, he moved from Saab to GM headquarters as executive director electrical for Worldwide Purchasing. In October 1994, he was appointed executive director chemical, and after two senior management assignments, he was promoted to General Motors Europe vice president of purchasing in March 1997. Before he joined GM, Andersson served as an officer in the Swedish Army.
(November 7, 2001)