General Motors Co. appoints Stephen Girsky to the position of vice chairman-corporate strategy and business development.

The move, effective March 1, follows the announcement that John F. Smith, GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances, will retire.

The 47-year-old Girsky, a former Wall Street analyst who also provided consulting services to GM and the United Auto Workers union, will retain his position as an “employee-director” at GM.

Girsky’s employee-director role had been approved earlier by trustees of the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) for UAW auto company retirees, formally known as the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust.

Smith, 59, will remain with GM through the end of the year and serve as a special advisor to Chris Liddell, GM vice chairman and chief financial officer.