GM might be best known for the millions of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC-branded vehicles it designs, produces, finances, and sells yearly. But it also has a burgeoning incubator, where a20 new businesses with a total addressable market of about $1.3 trillion.
A few of the first startup fruits have already come to bear, including OnStar Guardian, OnStar Insurance, GM Defense, and most recently, BrightDrop — thelaunched in January. Pam Fletcher, a veteran at GM and of the company’s Global Innovation team, is the center of this effort and helped shepherd BrightDrop from idea to startup graduate. And she’s not done.
An engineer by training, Fletcher has been given a lofty directive to turn high-potential innovative ideas into scalablegrowth and transform the GM business model beyond traditional automotive. She’s coming to , a virtual event scheduled for June 9, to discuss their strategy and what’s coming next.
Fletcher’s experience is broad and global. She has held various leadership positions, guiding the development of GM’s, self-driving portfolio, and technologies. Before , she was GM’s vice president of global electric cars. The teams she directed were responsible for developing two generations of the Chevrolet Volt and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. Her team also led the development of , the automaker’s hands-free highway driver assist system, and three generations of Cruise AVs.
She also serves as a corporate director of Coherent Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company based in Fletcher was named to Motor Trend’s 2018 and 2019 , and a GM Defense LLC board member. leaders and was one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” of 2017. She serves on the board of advisers for the College of Engineering at the University of Charlotte.
Fletcher is one of many of the best and brightest minds in transportation who will join us on our virtual stage in June. Among the growing list of speakers are TechCrunch Scale AI CEO Alexandr Wang, Joby Aviation founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt, investor and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, whose particular purpose acquisition company just merged with Joby,of Urban Innovation Fund, of Autotech Ventures and of Construct Capital, Starship Technologies co-founder and CEO/CTO Ahti Heinla, Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson, community organizer, a transportation consultant and lawyer Tamika L. Butler, Remix Chu and Revel co-founder and CEO Frank Reig. Stay tuned for more . sales end this Thursday, May 6. Be sure to ASAP and save $100.