New Delhi: General Motors has appointed Kent Helfrich, executive director, Advanced Technology and Partnerships, as vice president, Global Research and Development, chief technology officer and president, GM Ventures. Helfrich replaces Matt Tsien, who has elected to retire after 45 years with the company. Helfrich’s appointment is effective from August 1, 2021, the company said in a release.
“As we pursue our vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, R&D and investments in new technologies that support that vision are more important than ever. With Kent’s background and experience, he is uniquely positioned to help bring innovation and technology solutions into our vehicles, manufacturing facilities and operations,” GM President Mark Reuss, said.
Earlier Helfrich led the GM team responsible for Global Electrification and Battery Systems. Throughout his career at GM and elsewhere, Helfrich has held a variety of leadership roles in electrical engineering.
Matt Tsien will retire from GM on November 1, 2021. He has held a variety of positions throughout his GM career, most recently serving as executive vice president, chief technology officer and president, GM Ventures. Prior to his current position, he led GM China from 2014 to 2020, when GM achieved unprecedented business growth and brought in the technologies that would enable the company’s long-term growth in China, especially in electrification and connectivity, the release said.
“I’d like to thank Matt for his many years of dedicated service to GM and his outstanding contributions to the company. Matt has helped position the company for growth and long-term success. I appreciate his friendship and I wish him all the best in retirement,” GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra, said.