DETROIT—In the wake of the announcement that vice president of communications Steve Harris will retire at the end of the year, General Motors has made two more changes to its corporate communications department, naming Gary Grates vice president of communications for North America and Mark Beckers, executive director of product communications, to the company’s North America strategy board, along with Grates.
Grates replaces Tom Kowaleski, who was named to succeed Harris when his resignation was announced earlier this month.
Grates joined GM on a full-time basis earlier this year, after being named executive director of internal communications in January 2001, under an unusual agreement between GM and GCI Group, where Grates headed the employee communications practice, GCI Boxenbaum-Grates. He had recently added responsibility for the company’s executive and financial communications and news relations.
Beckers joined the company’s North America communications staff this summer, after serving as vice president of communications for GM Europe and a member of GM Europe strategy board.