General Motors SA planning director John Cuming will retire on February 1, after which the Port Elizabeth-based company will incorporate its business planning division into a restructured planning department.

General Motors SA planning director John Cuming will retire on February 1, after which the Port Elizabeth-based company will incorporate its business planning division into a restructured planning department.


Cuming (55) joined General Motors SA in 1970 to work in the company's finance department and went on to hold various managerial positions within the company. In May 1991 he was promoted to the position of director of product development and planning for the then Delta Motor Corporation.


In 1992, Cuming was appointed Delta's director of sales and marketing and in July 2001, John returned to the company's head office in Port Elizabeth to take up the position of planning director, heading up the company's business planning and corporate communications divisions.


Following his retirement, the aforementioned two divisions will be realigned according to GM's global organisational structure, the company announced on Monday. Effective February 1, the business planning division will be incorporated into GMSA's newly-aligned planning department, headed up by planning director Ian Nicholls.


In addition, the corporate communications division will be merged with the company's product communications department. That division will be headed up by current communications manager Denise van Huyssteen, who will report directly to the company's President and Managing Director, Robert Socia.