Bob Socia will be in charge of GM China

Posted on Thursday, 13 September 2012 , 14:09:48 byEmil

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Bob Socia will be in charge of GM China


Starting next month Kevin Wale will no longer be the President of General Motors in China. Not long ago he announced he is stepping down. Bob Socia will be the man that will take his place. He is currently vice president of the purchasing and supply chain of the company. Starting the 1st of October the switch will take place. The current President of GM in China, age 57, was also chief country operations officer in different regions in China, India and ASEAN. He started working for GM in 1975 at the Holden brand. There he was director of finances, but also director of sales and marketing. He was also involved in different Asia Pacific operations for GM and he was the executive responsible between 1998 and 2001. Wale was chairman and managing director for Vauxhall between 2001 and 2005. For sure his absence will be felt as he managed to bring growth to the company in the region. GM China sold 560.000 units in 2005 when Wale took over.



His replacement, 58 year old Socia has spent time in almost all regions GM has operations in. He started with Cadillac back in 1975, then followed the GM Asia Pacific, GM Europe, GM Latin America and in the end, the Middle East. Even if he steeped down, the specialist will still be a member in of the GM Executive Operations as his successor was not elected yet. This high-level management change is actually what creates problems with GM China. This is not all the carmaker had to endure. A lot of modifications came in terms of infotainment and manufacturing, too. For sure all of you remember the ousting of global marketing chief Joel Ewanick that took place earlier this year, in July.