General Motors Company President Dan Ammann Addresses Economic Club of Chicago During 2017 Chicago Auto Show
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GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY PRESIDENT DAN AMMANN ADDRESSES ECONOMIC CLUB OF CHICAGO DURING 2017 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW MEDIA PREVIEW
CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2017) - Dan Ammann, president of General Motors Company, delivered the keynote address during the Economic Club of Chicago's (ECC) luncheon at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. The ECC luncheon is a cornerstone event of the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview, boasting past speeches from Bill Ford, Jim Press, Henrik Fisker, Ralph Gilles, Yoshi Inaba and Lex Kerssemakers.
Ammann, who has been with General Motors since 2014, is responsible for managing the global Chevrolet and Cadillac brand organizations, global product planning, global connected consumer/OnStar, GM Financial and the company's regional operations around the world.
Against a backdrop of the 109th edition of the Chicago Auto Show, Ammann addressed more than 900 ECC members, guests and automotive journalists. Ammann's remarks focused on the future, and outlined what that looks like at General Motors.
"We are transforming the company to be at the forefront of change in this industry as the future rapidly approaches, said Ammann. "First, we will strengthen our core business of building and selling great cars, trucks and crossovers. And second, we will define and lead the future of personal mobility through the creation of an entirely new transportation business model."
Ammann stated that the high cost of ownership and low utilization rates of consumer vehicles are driving forces behind the new economic model at General Motors. The company believes it can best respond to changing consumer habits by investing both in the rapidly expanding sharing economy and in robust vehicle research and development.
That investment is well underway as evidenced by GM initiatives such as car-sharing program Maven and the company's fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs, for which testing is underway across the country.
Overall, Ammann conveyed his optimism about GM's ability to bring the future of the automobile company to consumer and commercial customers today.
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