Detroit, Michigan – Bob Socia, the executive vice-president of Shanghai General Motors, GM’s joint venture in China, has been named the vice-president of the automaker’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Socia will replace Bo Andersson, who announced last week that he was leaving the company.

General Motors officially announced that Andersson will pursue career opportunities in Russia. According to Automotive News, he has agreed to become chairman of Russian automaker GAZ, which is in line to buy GM’s Opel division, along with Canadian auto parts supplier Magna International, and Russia’s Sberbank.

Socia will report to GM president and CEO Fritz Henderson and will become a member of GM’s Automotive Strategy Board. He joined GM in 1975 at the Cadillac Division and prior to his current assignment in China, he was president and managing director of GM South Africa from 2004 to 2007. He has also served in senior purchasing positions at GM do Brasil, was vice-president of purchasing of GM Europe, and chairman of GM-Fiat worldwide purchasing from 2000 to 2003.

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