Gerald Johnson

by Justin Cates
Gerald Johnson
Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Sustainability
General Motors

Gerald Johnson is the Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Sustainability at General Motors.

In this role, Johnson leads GM’s Global Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Labor Relations and Sustainability organizations. He’s responsible for nearly 100,000 employees at 118 sites, in 13 countries on four continents. He started at GM in 1980 and has held assignments around the world.

Johnson is a member of GM’s Senior Leadership Team, as well as the PAC Board and its Steering Committee. He’s also a founding member of GM’s Inclusion Advisory Board, which aspires to help GM become the most inclusive company in the world.

Johnson is on the boards of Caterpillar Inc. and the United Negro College Fund and Kettering University’s Board of Trustees.

In 2021, he was named BEYA’s Black Engineer of the Year and Automotive News’ All Stars Sustainability Executive of the Year. In 2020, he was named the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Leader of the Year.

Johnson 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.

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