Nick Bell serves as chief information officer of General Motors North America (GMNA). In this position, Bell has accountability for all information technology and systems for North American operations. Bell reports to Ralph Szygenda, GM group vice president and CIO, and Troy Clarke, president of GM North America and group vice president.
Bell joined GM from Volvo Car Corporation, where he was vice president and chief information officer responsible for developing Volvo’s overall global information technology strategy, as well as implementing technology to align with the corporate objectives and create synergy with Ford Motor Company. Nick originally joined Ford Motor Company in the United Kingdom as a Systems Analyst for Manufacturing systems, and progressed through a variety of leadership positions.
Nick is a member of the GM North America Strategy Board and plays an active role contributing to development and execution of GM’s business strategy in the region (Canada, US and Mexico) as well as representing the Information Systems and Services function at the senior executive level. Nick is also a member of GM’s global IS&S staff, reporting to Group VP and CIO, Ralph Szygenda, which governs the IS&S function. Nick’s focus is to ensure cost effective IT operations for GM North America that meet or exceed agreed performance objectives and also to manage deployment of a portfolio of new application development project that appropriately balances the priorities of the North American region, with implementation of the global Bill of IT that enables commonization and standardization of business functions across GM countries and regions. He is also accountable for attracting, developing and retaining the best IT team to enable execution of GM’s strategic business plan.