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The Wall Street Journal: GM’s Dan Ammann to take new role as head of driverless car unit

General Motors Co. has assigned its president and de facto global strategist, Dan Ammann, to run its autonomous-vehicle business, underscoring GM’s pivot to advanced technologies even as it faces political push back on its plan to close factories making more-conventional vehicles.

Ammann, who for the past five years has overseen a broad swath of the auto maker’s operations as top lieutenant to GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, will become CEO of the self-driving-car unit, San Francisco-based Cruise. His appointment and relinquishment of his current position take effect Jan. 1, the Detroit auto maker said Thursday.

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