General Motors Designer Ed Welburn Retires

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Long serving General Motors designer Ed Welburn is retiring after an amazing 44 years career at GM, being only their sixth lead designer.

Noted GM designers of the past included legendary Harley Earl who designed some of their iconic cars of the 1950s and 60s. Now Welburnis joins this illustrious line up.

Ed started his career at 11 years old when he wrote to GM to ask what was needed to be a car designer.
He went on to study sculpture and design at Howard University and started as an associate designer at GM in 1972.
Ed worked his way through the Buick exterior studio, then onto Oldsmobile and then becoming their chief designer in 1989.

A departure in 1996 saw Ed turn to the Saturn brand in Germany and then back to the States in 1998 to work on hydrogen fuel cell concept at the Advanced Design Centre, Warren, MI.

In 2003 Ed was named vice president of GM design, North America and in 2005 vice president of global design.

Over his long-standing career, Ed has done much for the African-American community, along with Howard University, securing over a million dollars in scholarships.

Ed Welburn will now go down as one of the historic designers in the GM legacy showing his contributions over the many decades he has put pride of work into the GM company.

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