Names New Head of Supply Chain
June 16, 2009
General Motors announced today that Bob Socia, who serves as executive
vice president of Shanghai General Motors, will be appointed GM
vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, effective July
1. Socia will report to GM president and chief executive officer
Fritz Henderson. He also will become a member of the company's automotive
Socia will succeed Bo Andersson, who recently left GM to pursue
other career opportunities. For the interim period, as Socia transitions
to his new role, Kimberly Brycz will lead the global purchasing
and supply chain organization.
"With Bob's diverse experience leading operations in Europe,
South Africa and China, his proven dedication to putting the customer
first and his extensive experience in purchasing, he is well prepared
to successfully direct our global purchasing and supply chain organization,"
Socia, 55, joined GM in 1975 at the Cadillac Division in Detroit
and worked in both the finance and materials management areas. He
earned his bachelor's degree in business from Oakland University
and a master's in Business Administration from the University of
Detroit Mercy. Prior to his current assignment, Socia was president
and managing director of GM South Africa from 2004 to 2007.
Socia previously served in senior purchasing positions at GM do
Brasil, vice president of purchasing of GM Europe, and chairman
of GM-Fiat worldwide purchasing from the establishment of the joint
venture in 2000 through the end of 2003.
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