GM designer Ed Wellburn
GM designer Ed Wellburn. Click image to enlarge

New Orleans, Louisiana – Edward Welburn, GM’s vice president of Global Design, will receive the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. The award recognizes an individual’s significant contribution to the auto industry.

He will be given the award at the National Automobile Dealers Assocation meeting in New Orleans on January 25.

Welburn was appointed his current position on March 1, 2005. He had been vice president of design at GM North America since October 1, 2003, when he became only the sixth design leader in GM’s history. He is responsible for the interior and exterior design development of all GM cars and trucks, and heads a team of over 1,400 men and women, operating in 11 design centres in eight countries.

Under his direction, GM has won several major awards, including North American Car and Truck of the Year for the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Silverado in 2007, 2008 Car of the Year for the Chevrolet Malibu, 2008 Motor Trend Car of the Year for the Cadillac CTS, and the 2008 Eyes on Design awards for the CTS-V and CTS Coupe Concept. Welburn was also responsible for the design of the Chevrolet Volt.


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