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How My Military Experience Taught Me to Be a Leader at GM

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Rick Kewley, executive chief engineer, GM Defense, jumpstarted his engineering career in the U.S. Army. Throughout his nine years in the service, he rose to captain and specialized in Short Range Air Defense. But it’s more than just a line item on his resume – his Army experience taught him the skills to be a leader at GM. Kewley is one of many veterans excelling inside General Motors today.

This year, GM’s Veteran’s ERG and Talent Acquisition are teaming up to host the first-ever All Things Military Week (Feb. 22-26), an opportunity for all employees to learn more about the different branches of military and how GM supports veterans during the hiring process and beyond. 

My years in the U.S. Army were the formative professional development years of my life,” said Kewley. “The GM Behaviors that guide us are much the same competencies valued in military service.  One Team, Be Bold, Be Inclusive, It’s on Me, Winning with Integrity. The competencies and leadership skills I learned in the military are the same ones that we look for in employees at GM.” 

Kewley intends to continue that path in his recently announced role inside GM Defense, tying together his passion for GM and leadership experience gained from the U.S. military.  

“Two things have guided me more than anything else throughout my career at GM,” said Kewley, “I love the automotive business and leadership matters.”  


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