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Newsmaker: Maureen Kempston Darkes

Maureen Kempston Darkes, who retires from GM after 34 years, gets much of the credit for the company’s strong Latin America performance.



There are bosses and there are leaders, says Jose Vale, the Zurich-based vice president of human resources at General Motors Europe. Maureen Kempston Darkes, the president of GM’s Latin America, Africa and Middle East division, is clearly the latter, he says.

Vale previously worked with Kempston Darkes as the human resources vice president at GM LAAM for more than three years.  “During all my working life I have heard a lot of times about the difference between a leader and a boss,” he says. “I have learned that a great leader makes all the difference in a company and can, with no doubts, drive the performance of the employees and consequently the business results. Maureen is the live example of a True Great Leader.”

Robin Walker-Lee, the Detroit-based legal counsel for GM LAAM, agrees. “She is truly a motivational leader and earns the commitment of her team.”


After 34 years with GM, Kempston Darkes is retiring from the company in December. She took over the LAAM division in January 2002 after ...

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