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June 16, 2009

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Robert E. Socia to Lead Global Purchasing and Supply Chain


Bob Socia at the introduction of the Chevrolet Cruz in Shanghai

General Motors President and Chief Executive Officer Fritz Henderson today announced that Bob Socia, currently executive vice president of Shanghai General Motors (SGM), will be appointed GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, effective July 1. Socia will report to Henderson and will become a member of GM’s Automotive Strategy Board. Socia will succeed Bo I. Andersson who left GM to pursue other career opportunities in Russia. 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,” Henderson said.

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 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. Socia’s successor at SGM will be named in the near future.

Photos: GM

(June 2, 2009)


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