GM’s Global Product Development Process Information Officer, Terry Kline, to Keynote at PLM Road Map 2008

Stamford, CT, For Immediate Release – Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), a provider of critical analyses for PLM decisions, announces that Terry Kline, Global Product Development Process Information Officer, General Motors Corporation, will join Lockheed Martin’s Christopher L. Blake, Siemens PLM Software’s Stephen Bashada, and HP’s Christian Verstraete as a keynote speaker at its annual PLM Road Map conference, to be held at The Inn at St. John's, outside of Detroit, Michigan on September 23 and 24.

GM Global Product Development now operates as one global organization rather than regional development centers. Information Systems and Services (IS&S) continues to play a significant role in the ongoing transformation, and addresses the ever-pressing challenge of helping optimize virtual product development on a global basis. IS&S will continue its legacy of innovation and break-through implementations as GM moves into its second century of success.

In his presentation, Using IT to Optimize Global Product Development, Terry Kline will share characteristics of what this means for specific high-impact product development disciplines such as simulation and mechatronics. As part of the presentation he will also share challenges and insights associated with delivering results in a most complex environment.

Now in its 15th year, PLM Road Map™ 2008 is a strategic conference focused on the critical tradeoffs that shape product development. PLM Road Map™ 2008 will enable attendees to explore first hand the progress, opportunities, and roadblocks leading-edge end-users are confronting.

More information and updates on PLM Road Map™ 2008 may be found at

About Terry Kline

Having joined General Motors Corporation in December 2000, Terry Kline holds responsibility for coordinating product development process reengineering activities, and the implementation of associated information systems across GM business sectors. In addition, Terry has been assigned to oversee information and technology requirements for GM’s expansion into Emerging Markets. His direct experience in vehicle development and extensive background in information systems implementation are integral to driving GM’s common global product development processes. Terry also interfaces with GM’s joint venture and alliance partners to align their capability with GM common systems and processes across Global Product Development.

Terry served dual capacity as the Chief Information Officer for Asia Pacific from December 2004-December 2007. In this capacity, he was responsible for the deployment and operation of IT systems across the region. He was also a member of the Asia Pacific Strategy Board. Prior to that position, Terry was the Chief Information Officer for North America Product Development. Terry joined GM from New Venture Gear, Inc. where he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to that assignment, he worked at Navistar International as Director of Information Systems, Truck Engineering and Manufacturing. There, he was responsible for collapsing the Engineering, Manufacturing, Service Parts and Sales organizations to a single bill of material master.

Terry has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in Computer Science and Engineering and an MBA from Indiana University.

About CPDA

Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA) is a provider of critical analyses for PLM decisions. CPDA offers the latest in-depth, objective information for assessing technology and business goals. Coordinated by a group of experienced analysts, its cohesive suite of collaborative research programs leverages the efforts of top software designers and leading-edge users. CPDA's differentiation is its specific, deep, and pragmatic approach to the market, and a hands-on understanding of the technology required to drive successful implementations. CPDA’s collaborative research programs include Design Creation and Validation, Design/Simulation Council, PLM-Integration/Product Definition, and Product Value Management.

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