Tim Lee will become chairman of GM China with responsibility for 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 55,000 employees. Lee has spent nearly four years in charge of GM’s International Operations. He will continue in his role as executive vice president Global Manufacturing. Bob Socia, president of GM China, will continue to report to Lee.
In his role as executive vice president Global Manufacturing, Lee has responsibility for manufacturing, labor and manufacturing engineering. GM and its joint venture partners produce vehicles, engines, transmissions and components in 168 manufacturing plants in more than 30 countries on six continents.
Stefan Jacoby, most recently the CEO of Volvo Cars, will become executive vice president Consolidated International Operations, leading the company’s operations in more than 100 countries and territories in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
In addition to running Volvo Cars, Jacoby’s nearly 30-year career includes positions at Mitsubishi and several key jobs at Volkswagen. Jacoby will report to Akerson.
Globally, GM will launch more than 60 vehicles in 2013-14. Lee’s leadership has contributed to several significant quality accolades for GM, including the most awards of any automaker in the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey and Chevrolet Impala's rating by a leading consumer publication as the best large sedan in America.