GM to Hire as Many as 1,500 IT Workers Over Several Years

General Motors Co. (GM), seeking to increase its internal information technology abilities over the next three to five years, said it expects to hire as many as 1,500 people for a new computer center in Michigan.

GM, the largest U.S. automaker, has said it will hire about 10,000 workers as part of its plan to bring more work in-house. The new so-called Innovation Center in Warren, Michigan, is one of four facilities planned in the U.S., GM said in a statement today.

The first center was announced in September when GM said it would hire as many as 500 people in Austin, Texas. GM does about 10 percent of IT work internally and Chief Information Officer Randy Mott plans to boost that to 90 percent.

“We’re currently seeking the next generation of game- changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation at GM,” Mott said in the statement.

Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson wants to update GM’s computer and accounting systems as he reorganizes the company around global functions and brands, two people familiar with the thinking have said.

GM slid 0.9 percent to $24.57 at the close of trading in New York. The shares have gained 21 percent this year.

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