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May 23, 2007

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Mark Adams is New Vice President of Design for GM Europe

Bryan Nesbitt will become Vice President of GM Design for North America

Mark Adams (45), newly appointed GM Europe Vice President of Design, will head the Rüsselsheim-based GM Europe design organization. Effective June 1, he is responsible for the design of GM’s European brands Opel, Vauxhall and Saab, as well as certain Saturn products for North America. Adams succeeds Bryan Nesbitt, who has been named Vice President of Design for GM North America.

“Creating exciting vehicles that have a distinct design language has been our key focus within GME Design and continuation on this path is critical in building strong Saab and Opel/Vauxhall brands going forward,” said Mark Adams. In his previous function as Director Exterior Design for GM Europe, Adams has led the exterior design of several award-winning Opel, Vauxhall and Saab production vehicles. A number of prestigious show cars outlined by him were among the most popular exhibits at the auto shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris and Detroit.

“Mark led the exterior design of many our latest production models such as the Astra GTC, Zafira, Astra TwinTop, Antara, Corsa, and the forthcoming Saab 9-3,” said Carl-Peter Forster, President of GM Europe. “He has strongly influenced the next chapter in Opel’s and Saab’s design identity.”

Before Adams joined GM as Director Exterior Design for the Opel brand in 2002, he served in a series of chief designer positions at Ford Motor Company. Born in 1961 in London, England, Adams studied both Engineering and Design and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Automotive Design from the Royal College of Art in London.

In 2006, GME greatly expanded its design operations in a new, world-class facility in Rüsselsheim which houses more than 350 design specialists from advanced and production design, while also providing a direct link and increased synergies between advanced engineering, product planning and the brands.

Headed by Bryan Nesbitt, the new GME Design Center has developed into a facility that provides GME’s designers with the location, atmosphere and tools they need to maximize the creative process and design of future vehicles. “Bryan has fully integrated GM Europe’s design studios into one European Design Center.

These changes allow us to better support GM’s global business strategies. The result is a more streamlined organization that fully leverages the broad and deep resources throughout GM’s eleven global design studios. We look forward to having Bryan’s leadership skills on our North American team,” said Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Design.

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(May 23, 2007)

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