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Ed Welburn

General Motors Vice President, Global Design

Ed Welburn was named Vice President of GM Design North America in 2003, becoming just the sixth Design leader in GM history.  In 2005, Welburn was named to the newly created position of GM Vice President, Global Design, and the first to lead all of the company’s Global Design Centers. Welburn also serves on the company’s Executive Operations Committee.

As Vice President of Global Design, Welburn has created a network of ten design centers in seven countries around the world. He and his team of over 2,000 men and women are responsible for the design development of every GM concept and production car and truck globally.

He received a bachelor's degree in 1972 from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Welburn currently serves on the on the board of trustees at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. He is the first African American to lead a global automotive design organization, and was GM’s first African American designer when he joined the company in 1972.