Former AT&T CEO and Now GM CEO Names Former AT&T Exec New VP of Communications


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DETROIT, March 3 -- General Motors today announced that Selim Bingol has been appointed GM vice president of communications, effective March 8. Bingol, 49, will report to Ed Whitacre, chairman and CEO.

"Selim brings a wealth of experience to this position and his deep and diverse background will serve us well as we accelerate our efforts to design, build and sell the world's best vehicles," said Whitacre. "I have worked with Selim over the years on several complex communication issues and he has my trust and respect."

Bingol will have overall responsibility for GM's global communications, including global products and brands, corporate, public policy, executive support, and internal communications.

"I have been fortunate to have great assignments and work with talented professionals throughout my career," said Bingol. "I am excited to be part of a team that is taking GM to new heights."

Bingol has deep experience in all facets of communications. He was most recently senior vice president and senior partner with Fleishman-Hillard, where he specialized as a senior communications strategist to large international clients across diverse industries.

Prior to being senior partner of Fleishman-Hillard, Bingol was senior vice president of corporate communications for AT&T. He was responsible for leading the public relations organization for AT&T through one of the most dynamic periods in its history, including nearly $200 billion in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining AT&T in 2004, he was vice president of SBC Communications.

Bingol succeeds Chris Preuss, who was appointed vice president and president, OnStar, to lead the company's global infotainment and connectivity initiatives.

About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, FAW, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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