Chief of GM’s OnStar unit steps down

The president of General Motors Co.’s OnStar unit is stepping down after little more than a year on the job, the automaker said Tuesday.
Linda Marshall, who was appointed to head OnStar effective Feb. 1, 2011, is leaving to pursue other opportunities, said Vijay Iyer, an OnStar spokesman. He did not have information on Marshall’s plans and she declined to comment through Iyer.
Terry Inch, OnStar’s director of sales, marketing and business planning, will fill the position on an interim basis, Iyer said. The changes are effective this week, he said.
OnStar restructured and implemented long-term strategies to grow the business under Marshall’s watch.
“We would like to thank Linda for her vision, leadership and contributions to the evolution of the OnStar brand and platform,” said a statement from OnStar.
Marshall, who was one of the first major hires by GM CEO Dan Akerson, joined the automaker in November 2010 as executive director of OnStar’s global business strategy and development. She replaced Chris Preuss as OnStar’s president when he stepped down after 13 years with GM to start his own communications consulting firm.
Last year OnStar came under criticism over privacy concerns when the unit planned to keep a data connection with customer vehicles after service was canceled, unless a customer asked for it to be shut off. The company later reversed course.
OnStar, which provides safety, security, communication and convenience services in vehicles, has more than 6 million subscribers in the U.S., Canada and China.

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