Head of GM Design Ed Welburn Announces Retirement
Ed Welburn, head of General Motors design, racial-barrier breaker, and architect of the automaker’s current financial prosperity, has announced that he is retiring this year.
Welburn recently turned 65, and has spent every single year since he was hired in 1972 working for the American manufacturer, which at times had him based in foreign countries such as Germany. The Philly native is responsible for some of the best selling vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, and even a little-known truck called the Chevy Silverado.
While Welburn’s lustrous career is filled with accolades, it’s his humble beginnings that stand out most. Son of a car repair-shop owner in Philadelphia, Welburn wrote a letter to GM when he was just 11-years-old, asking how to become a car designer. A kind-hearted person at GM took the time to write him back and suggested a few career paths; needless to say, they did the trick.
Ed Welburn’s last day will be July 1 of this year. I’m sure I speak for many when I say that he will be missed!