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AIAG Quality Steering Committee Update: General Motors’ Scott Trantham Elected New Co-Chair

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As General Motors’ Manager of Global SQ Operations, IT Systems, Training & Data Analytics, Scott Trantham brings 40 years of industry experience to the table in taking on a new role with the AIAG Quality Steering Committee (QSC) as Co-Chair.

With expertise in manufacturing, purchasing, supplier quality, and service parts, Scott’s strengths range from complex problem solving – delivering solutions that promote industry improvements – to facilitating growth through collaboration, and encouraging cross-functional data-driven methodologies to increase efficiencies.

In his new capacity as the QSC Co-Chair, Scott looks forward to sharing his experience and insights with the group, and supporting key initiatives as the mobility industry continues to evolve.

Check out the following Q&A to hear more from Scott himself, and stay tuned for more information on our quality offerings in 2024 and beyond!

Why do you think it’s important to come together at AIAG and participate in events or volunteer for other activities? 

AIAG participation/volunteering is a great way to interact with automotive industry quality professionals. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the struggles unique to them, as well those in common, allowing you to develop project teams to find industry resolutions.

How do you keep up on what’s new in the automotive/mobility industry?  

Being a member of AIAG is the first step in keeping up on the automotive/mobility industry. Other great ways are to review industry publications like Automotive News, Auto Week, and JD Power, to name a few. It’s also important to review the monthly AIAG newsletter, and when possible, attend AIAG webinars.

What current or emerging automotive/mobility trends do you think are most urgent to prepare for?

First and foremost, electrification and the infrastructure needed to support its growth. Autonomous driving and artificial intelligence, as well as software in our vehicles of the future are also a few things that come to mind.

What advice would you offer those just starting out in automotive/mobility?

Getting involved, asking questions, and reading industry publications are great ways to immerse yourself in the automotive/mobility world – and of course getting involved with AIAG, where there are opportunities to work on projects that ultimately set the standards for the industry. Starting as a quality professional is a foundational role within the automotive industry, which can become a stepping stone to a successful and long engineering career.



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