Raymond Bierzynski Appointed Executive Vice President of SAIC-GM-Wul..
Raymond Bierzynski Appointed Executive Vice President of SAIC-GM-Wuling
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SHANGHAI - Raymond Bierzynski has been appointed executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM China's manufacturing joint venture with SAIC and Wuling Motors, effective immediately. He will be based at SAIC-GM-Wuling's headquarters in Liuzhou, Guangxi, and continue to report to Bob Socia,
president, GM China, and chief country operations officer, China, India and ASEAN.
Bierzynski, 52, had served as executive director of Electrification Strategy for GM China since June 1, 2011. Based in Shanghai, he was responsible for coordinating and accelerating the commercialization of electrification technologies in the world's largest vehicle market. His replacement
will be announced at a later date.
"Ray brings a wealth of experience to his new role. His demonstrated leadership, extensive background in critical industry functions and experience working with our joint venture partners in China made him an ideal choice for this important position," said Socia.
Bierzynski served in leadership roles in China as president of the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) from 2004 to 2007, and vice president of GM Asia Pacific and GM executive director of China Engineering from 2007 to 2009.
He began his career with GM in 1978 with the Cadillac Motor Car Division in Detroit and also worked in Exterior Components for the Cadillac/Luxury Car Group. In 1997, he moved to the Mid/Lux Car Group Warren as director of Exterior. He later served as director of Architecture Integration
Design for Car Group Engineering before becoming executive director of Advance Purchasing, where he led the engineering and advance purchasing process.
Bierzynski has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University. He also participated in an executive development program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
In 2006, he received the Magnolia Award, which is given by the Shanghai government in recognition of outstanding social, economic and cultural contributions to the municipality by foreign experts, scholars and entrepreneurs, for his efforts to strengthen PATAC and promote technical exchanges
between China and other countries.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 35,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are
sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2011, GM sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in China. It has been the sales leader among global automakers in the market for seven consecutive years. More information on General Motors in China can be found
at GM Media Online.
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