Graduation Year: 1985
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes individuals for specific career achievement in their field.
Gerald Johnson was appointed to the position of GM North America Manufacturing Vice President, effective July 1, 2013. Gerald now manages a team of more than 74,000 employees at 56 facilities in North America. These plants include assembly, stamping, powertrain and component operations which work together to produce some of GM's most popular vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Impala, Buick Enclave, GMC Sierra and the Cadillac ATS. Prior to this assignment, Gerald served as executive director of Global Program Quality and Launch, a position he held from March through June, 2013. He led several key customer-focused quality initiatives involving global standardization and strategies to improve product launches and issue resolution. Gerald began his career at General Motors in 1980 at the Fisher Body Plant in Euclid, Ohio. Early in his career, he held a number of positions in Grand Blanc-based operations in the areas of labor relations and stamping. Gerald progressed through a series of manufacturing leadership positions in company operations in Marion, Indiana; Livonia, Michigan; Parma, Ohio; Mansfield, Ohio; Troy, Michigan and Pontiac, Michigan. His assignments included an overseas position as Executive Director of Manufacturing in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2009, Gerald was appointed to North America Manufacturing Manager where he had responsibility for 13 manufacturing plants in the United States. Gerald earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Administration from Kettering University and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Operations from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).