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Welburn is 65 and carries the title of Vice President of General Motors Global Design. He will retire July 1 after 44 years with the company. Welburn will be succeeded by Michael Simcoe, a 33-year veteran of GM Design, who now serves as vice president of GM International Design, based in Australia and Korea. Welburn is held in high regard in the industry and is the first African American design leader at any automaker. The Philadelphia native has led GM Design since 2003, and globally since 2005. GM now has a network of 10 design centers in seven countries, with more than 2,500 employees in the United States, Germany, South Korea, China, Australia, Brazil and India, all engaged in design.