Robert E. Socia to Lead Global Purchasing and Supply Chain

    DETROIT, June 15 /CNW/ -- 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

    "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.


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