After more than 41 years of dedicated service to GM, General Motors Corporation announces the retirement of David Hill, who is currently GM vehicle chief engineer (VCE) for Corvette and Vehicle line executive (VLE) for performance cars, the said retirement is effective this January 1, 2006.
Hill receives his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and took up his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
David Hill joined Cadillac Motor Car Division in 1964. He was named an executive in 1979. He became the chief engineer of the Cadillac Allante in 1982. He was named as chief engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette in 1993. He was the third chief engineer for the sports car in the vehicle's 53-year history.
In 1995, Hill was named vehicle line executive for performance cars and led the development of the fifth generation Corvette and the introduction of the Cadillac XLR. And last year, he launched the latest sixth generation Corvette followed by the introduction of the new 505 bhp Corvette Z06 for 2006.
He would be replace by Tom Wallace who is currently the VLE for small/midsize trucks, as vehicle line executive - performance cars and vehicle chief engineer for the Corvette. Tom Wallace would also be responsible for the compact rear-wheel-drive performance cars including Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. His position before as the VLE for small/midsize trucks would be pass to Lori Queen, the currently VLE for compact cars and the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.
Wallace has been with General Motors since 1966. He was held to an executive engineering position in 1980 while still with Buick Motor Division in Flint Michigan and was later named to the GM Truck Group in 1995. Wallace is a graduate from Kettering University (formerly GMI) with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He earns his master's in business administration from Stanford University. He and his team were responsible for the development and launch of Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC
Canyon., Chevrolet SSR and led the highly successful launch of the Saab 9-7X and the HUMMER H3.
More than 30 years ago, he started racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), he has raced in a variety of Sedan and GT classes with race-prepped Oldsmobile, Buick and Chevrolet models. He has enjoyed competing in both amateur and professional road racing, rally car and drag racing.
Lori Queen holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University. Queen has been with GM since 1974 and has held numerous Engineering positions, including vehicle chief and VLE assignments for both cars and trucks. She recently led the launches of some of GM's most successful products currently in the market: Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Saturn ION, the Pontiac Solstice and the soon to be released Saturn Sky.