GM is the world’s largest manufacturing employer of African Americans, with over 33,700 African American
employees. One reason? Ed Welburn. Ed graduated from Howard University’s College of Fine Arts in 1972
and immediately joined the GM Design Center. Since then, he’s been responsible for some of the most
influential cars of the last 30 years. From Indy 500 pace cars to the Oldsmobile Aerotech (in which
A.J. Foyt established the world record of 267 mph), from “Best Concept Car” to “Best Concept Truck” at
the North American International Auto Show, Ed’s done it.
Ed Welburn became the sixth design leader in GM’s history and the first African American Vice President
of Design for any major automaker when he was appointed VP of Design North America on October 1st,
2003. With his guidance, GM engineering and design teams will continue to work together in an effort
to produce the highest quality vehicles now and in the future. Ed is just one reason GM hires more
African Americans than any private manufacturer.
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