Tom Kowaleski

Corporate Communications Leader

Tom Kowaleski was a beloved member of the Advisory Council and passed away in January 2015. An incredible mentor in the Council's Mentor-Protege program, Tom's Protege, Katherine Gore, wrote this tribute in his memory.

Tom Kowaleski served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for BMW of North America.

Prior to joining BMW of North America, Kowaleski served as VP, Global Communications, at General Motors. He joined General Motors in March 1999 as Executive Director, Product and Brand Communications. Prior to serving GM, Kowaleski spent 11 years with Chrysler Corporation and DaimlerChrysler serving in a number of executive public relations positions, as well as being the company's Vice President of Marketing and Communications in Europe. He began his automotive career in 1979 with Renault USA, later transferred to American Motors and also spent time as a senior executive at Campbell and Company, an automotive public relations and marketing firm.

Kowaleski is a graduate of Ohio University, with a bachelor's degree in communications. He participated in a GM-Harvard Business School Senior Management program. He is a member of the Automotive Press Association, the Arthur Page Society, the Public Relations Seminar and represents GM on the Corporate Communications Council of The Conference Board.



B.A. in communications, Ohio University