Gil Golan, who served as General Motors' Chief Technology Officer (CTO), is set to retire from his position, just one month after his promotion. Golan played a crucial role in establishing GM's Israeli center, which now employs approximately 850 people and transforming it into the foremost development hub in Israel's automotive sector. His retirement is scheduled to take effect in early November.
The GM Technical Center in Herzliya specializes in software development, algorithms, machine learning, software-defined vehicles, cybersecurity, and user-centric applications for autonomous, electric, and connected vehicles.
As CTO, Golan was responsible for overseeing all of the company's technological initiatives. Only a month ago, he shared insights into GM's future plans, highlighting the significance of manufacturing their own electric vehicle batteries.
GM recently acquired the Israeli startup Algolion, known for its sophisticated software utilizing data streams from electric vehicle battery management systems, to detect irregularities in cell performance. Golan expressed his enthusiasm for this acquisition, considering it a momentous development for the American automaker. "ALGOLiON has pioneered state-of-the-art battery analytics and prediction software that will enable General Motors to deliver high-performing EVs for our customers," he said.
He did not provide any explanation for his departure or any comment at all at this time.