OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, announced Linda Marshall as President of OnStar, effective February 1, 2011. Marshall succeeds J. Christopher Preuss, who has elected to leave the company to launch a communications consultancy practice. OnStar is a leading provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology. Currently available on more than 40 MY 2011 GM models, OnStar is targeting to be available for installation on most other vehicles already on the road through local electronics retailers, including Best Buy. OnStar safely connects its more than six million subscribers, in the U.S., Canada and China. OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is a recipient of the 2010 Edison Award for Best New Product in the technology category.
“As we continue to evolve the OnStar brand and bring new features to our customers, we believe Linda’s deep experience can take the brand and platform to the next level,” said Stephen J. Girsky, vice chairman, corporate strategy and business development. Marshall, who will report to Girsky, joined GM in November 2010 as executive director, OnStar global business strategy and development. Prior to joining OnStar, she was the chief operating officer for Revol Wireless. Marshall has more than two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, including senior executive-level roles at both Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless. She holds a bachelors of science in accounting and business from Elmhurst College and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. Marshall was named one of Crain’s “Top 100 Women” in 1997 and 2001 and “Most Recognized 15 Percent Women in Wireless” in 1997. Marshall currently serves on the advisory board for Childhelp USA which provides foster care and adoption services in Michigan and nationally. She previously served on the Board for the Judson Center, located in Royal Oak, Mich.