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Chief Infotainment Officer

Phone: (313) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: p***@***.com
General Motors Corp.
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan 48265
United States

Company Description: General Motors Corporation (GM) is engaged in the worldwide development, production and marketing of cars, trucks and parts. The Company develops, manufactures and...   more

Employment History

  • Executive Director and Infotainment Officer
    General Motors Corp.
  • President and Chief Operating Officer
    Sonos Inc
  • Vice President of Television Marketing
    Sony Electronics
  • Vice President of Marketing for Television Group
    Sony Electronics
  • Vice President of Marketing for Home Products Division
    Sony Electronics


  • MBA , finance
    University of Rochester
  • bachelor's degree , electrical engineering
    Gannon University
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Not even close. - Phil ..., 31 July 2013 [cached]
Not even close. - Phil Abram
Phil Abram - OnStar Infotainment Executive Director Philip M. Abram, executive director & infotainment officer for General Motors, is responsible for setting and implementing a global infotainment strategy for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, OnStar, Opel, Vauxhall and Holden.
GM Broadens Reach of RemoteLink Mobile App Services - Phil Abram GM Broadens Reach of RemoteLink Mobile App Services - Phil Abram Cadillac CUE, Making the Most of Industry-Leading Technology
Not even close. - Phil Abram
Phil Abram is ..., 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
Phil Abram is GM's CIO-but in his case, it is Chief Infotainment Officer. He believes that the proliferation of apps and other electronics-based amenities is going to continue to happen in a big way in the automotive space.
Given that, one of the best explana-tions as to why an embedded system can be advantageous compared to using one's own smartphone to drive in-vehicle telematics is provided by Phil Abram, GM Chief Infotainment Officer. He-perhaps somewhat facetiously-points out, "If a thief steals your car, vehicle slowdown can't be performed unless he steals your phone, too. Then you'd have to call him and ask him to slow down."
It's not that GM is only about embedding. "We fully get and support brought-in devices," Abram says.
Abram believes that vehicle con-nectivity and technology are going to be the prime differentiators, along with styling, when it comes to decisions about what vehicles to buy. He points out that not only is bad quality less of an issue than in the past, in cases where there is bad quality, the ability for people to quickly and extensively communicate on line about that makes it difficult, if not impossible for any company to keep bad quality in the market.
Abram holds up his smartphone and points out that the way it is used is "the absolute antithesis" to the behavior that should be part of the infotainment experience in a car or truck: In order to interact with the phone it is generally necessary to look intently at the screen and make selections. He says that he has iHeartRadio on his smartphone, and that it is an app offered through OnStar, as well. "But we've made it an experience appropriate for a car. We ran it through our distracted driving lab and made sure that the way people interact with it meet the requirements and our guidelines in terms of distracted driving. That took a lot of work between iHeart and us because people weren't used to writing apps for cars."
Abram is not a GM or auto industry lifer by any means. He joined the automaker in January 2012, having spent the previous 30 years in the consumer electronics industry: prior to joining GM he was the president and COO of Sonos (, a wireless audio company. He explains that he went to GM because he saw the intersection between the consumer electronics world and that of auto, he saw it as being at "an inflection point."
(An interesting note vis-à-vis how one's point of view can change whether one is working for a tech start-up like Sonos or a consumer electronics company like Sony Electronics (where Abram was prior to Sonos) or an automaker like General Motors.
Abram says that they've actually got data regarding the importance of connectivity, so it isn't a matter of belief but fact.
STEWART FILMSCREEN - 09/13/06, 13 Sept 2006 [cached]
If front projector sales are going to remain strong, our industry must address the growing impact of flat-panel displays on big screen entertainment, said Phil Abram, Sony's vice president of television marketing.
HDTV Solutions News - Sep 13 06 - Sony Debuts KDL-52XBR2 & KDL-52XBR3 1080p LCD TVs, 13 Sept 2006 [cached]
"Introduced only a year ago, BRAVIA quickly gained critical acclaim and the number one share at nearly 30 percent of the flat-panel LCD market," said Philip Abram, vice president of marketing for Sony's television group in the U.S. "BRAVIA is becoming the new standard for LCD and flat-panel HDTV sets in general."
According to Abram, the new BRAVIA models feature advanced technologies that are exclusive to Sony.
"At General Motors, we are ..., 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
"At General Motors, we are trying to minimize driver distractions through the use of technology," said Phil Abram, chief infotainment officer, GM Global Connected Consumer, in a statement.
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