Kenneth J. Barrett Named GM Chief Diversity Officer
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| Newly created role underscores automaker's commitment
General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) today announced that Capt. Kenneth J. Barrett, U.S. Navy (Ret.), will be the automaker's first Chief Diversity Officer.
'Diversity is and has been a key component of our success including diversity of work force and diversity of customer base – it can only make us a better company,' said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. 'That's why we've created this new position and filled it with a proven leader like Ken. His strengths and track record in diversity will help us achieve the leadership position we're committed to reaching in this crucial area of the business.'
Barrett has 14 years of executive experience, including five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy's Diversity Director. Before joining GM, he served as the Under Secretary of Defense's Acting Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Barrett had five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy's Diversity Director, where he achieved historic levels of minority and female officer additions and transformational work-life balance initiatives.