GM Undergoes Major Personnel Changes

Following the departure of Bo Andersson, who decided to leave General Motors in order to pursue other career opportunities, General Motors undergoes some major personnel changes, as it follows: Shanghai GM Executive Vice President Robert (Bob) Socia has been appointed GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, replacing Anderson; Socia will be succeeded by GM Asia Pacific Vice President, Sales and Marketing Joseph Liu who, who in turn, will be replaced by GM Asia Pacific Executive Director, Aftersales John Stadwick.

All modifications will become effective on July 1, General Motors said in a statement for the press.

“Bob distinguished himself as GM’s senior representative at our flagship joint venture in China,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “He provided important leadership as Shanghai GM embarked on the expansion of its product lineup and facilities to keep up with record demand for its vehicles. With Bob’s vast experience, GM’s global purchasing operations will be in very good hands.”

“There is no more qualified person to succeed Bob as Shanghai GM executive vice president than Joseph Liu,”
said Nick Reilly, GM group vice president and president of GM Asia Pacific. “His extensive background with Shanghai GM and knowledge of the Chinese and regional vehicle markets will enable him to make a major contribution as Shanghai GM enters its next stage of growth and development.”

Bob Socia joined General Motors in 1975 when he began working for the Cadillac Division as director of supply management at the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Group and the Cadillac Luxury Car Division. He served as senior purchasing positions at GM do Brasil between 1994 and 1997, being finally appointed as vice president of GM Europe, Worldwide Purchasing in 1999. In 2004, he started working as president and managing director of GM South Africa while in July 2007 he moved to Shanghai GM.
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