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Top GM engineer to leave in post-recall reorganization

General Motors' top engineering executive, a longtime colleague and key lieutenant of Chief Executive Mary Barra, is retiring in the automaker's highest profile executive change since the massive recall of vehicles with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.John Calabrese has worked with Barra in various roles over the past 15 years and has been GM vice president of global engineering for the last three years.In a reorganization announced on Tuesday, Calabrese's role will split in two to improve vehicle safety, the automaker said.Global product development chief Mark Reuss said Calabrese's exit was not related to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles this year. Calabrese, 55, will stay on through August to help with the transition.The top engineer's departure follows the exit last week of two senior vice presidents in charge of global human resources, and global communications and public policy.Barra also last month appointed a global safety chief, GM veteran Jeff Boyer...

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