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Kent Sears

Title: Vice President (Retired)
Company: General Motors Corporation

Biography

Kent retired from the General Motors Corporation after working 39 years in various management positions. Kent was a plant manager at GM’s Powertrain Division and the Midsize Automotive Division – Doraville Assembly Plant before becoming the Director of Manufacturing with GM’s Powertrain Group – Transmission Division. This included the oversight of 10 plants located in Canada, Europe and the United States with 25,000 employees producing 23,000 automatic transmissions daily.

Kent was also the Director of Manufacturing for General Motors North America – Truck Group. In this role his responsibility included the manufacturing operations of eight truck assembly plants in the United States, Canada, and Mexico with 22,000 employees producing 6,500 full size and medium duty trucks per day.

Kent then became the Vice President of Quality, Reliability, and Competitive Operations for General Motors North America in 2000 until 2003. He then went on to become the Vice President of Lean Manufacturing Implementation and Manufacturing Processing Worldwide for General Motors from 2003-2004. He finished his career as the Vice President and General Manager for General Motors Corporation Powertrain Operations Worldwide in 2006.