General Motors has named Cynthia Brinkley to be its new vice president of global human resources. In this role, the 51-year-old Brinkley will oversee GM’s 202,000 employees throughout the world.
She is a telecommunications veteran and has been working for AT&T Inc. since 1986. Most recently, she worked as its senior vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer where one of her responsibilities is to develop the company’s future leaders.
She will report directly to GM CEO Dan Akerson. In a statement, Akerson said that Brinkley has a “strong track record for driving business results and leading talent management.” She will also serve on GM’s executive operations committee.
Brinkley isn’t the only telecom executive appointed by Akerson, who also has an extensive experience working for phone companies such as Nextel Communications Inc. Last January, Akerson appointed Nextel executive Linda Marshall to be the president of GM’s OnStar telematics division.
Brinkley is the replacement of Mary Barra, who became GM’s head of product development last January. Since then, Barra had been keeping the two jobs.
When Brinkley worked for AT&T, she was instrumental for the company being recognized by Chief Learning Officer Magazine as the top company for learning and development. AT&T is composed of 260,000 employees.
Originally from Missouri, Brinkley is a trustee of Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as the co-chairwoman of a $1 billion fund-raising campaign at University of Missouri, which is where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism.