Roy S. Roberts

Distinguished Service Citation Award 1998

1939 -

Roy S. Roberts started his career at General Motors Corporation as a trainee at the former Diesel Equipment Division in 1977 and today is one of the top black executives in corporate America. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a business administration degree and spending four years as a GM trainee, he became Plant Manager of Grand Rapids Plant #l.

In 1987, he was elected a General Motors Vice President in charge of its Personnel Administration and Development staff. He took on the difficult task of merging Pontiac and GMC into a new division, finishing several months ahead of schedule. Besides heading a new GM division and serving on the boards of directors of several companies, Roberts also gives back to the community through the Boy Scouts, Urban League, NAACP and United Negro College Fund.

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