Mar 15, 2024 - News

GM's Silicon Valley makeover

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The former Apple exec anointed less than a year ago as General Motors' new software czar is leaving the company, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

Why it matters: Mike Abbott's departure upends GM's recent efforts to revamp its vehicle software strategy.

Zoom in: An influx of leaders from Apple, Amazon, Meta and other tech firms was intended to bring a fresh perspective from Silicon Valley.

  • GM CEO Mary Barra has made giant bets on electrification and software, but the automaker has stumbled on both initiatives.
  • The company said Abbott was stepping down for health reasons but would still advise.

The big picture: As with the rest of the auto industry, GM is wrestling with the transformation of vehicles designed to carry people from A to B into cloud-connected supercomputers on wheels.

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