GM’s vice chairman, Bob Lutz, to retire

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By Liam Orlita

Bob Lutz is calling it a career.

Effective  May 1, the 78-year-old vice-chairman of General Motors will cap off a 47-year career in the auto industry as GM continues to shuffle its senior leadership positions.

“I can confidently say that the job I came here to do more than nine years ago is now complete – the team I have been fortunate to lead has far exceeded my expectations,” Lutz said in a release posted on GM’s website.

Lutz rejoined GM in 2001 as the head of product development after working with BMW, Chrysler and Ford.

He was appointed senior advisor late 2009 but the company says he will continue to “provide guidance on design and key product initiatives until he retires.”

“The influence Bob Lutz has had on GM’s commitment to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles will last for years to come,” GM CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre said in a release.  “I, along with many other men and women in GM and throughout the industry, have greatly benefited from his passion, wisdom and guidance.”