Detroit, Michigan – Bo Andersson, the head of General Motors’ global purchasing division who was instrumental in developing the automaker’s supply chain strategy, has left the company.

Andersson had been group vice-president of GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply  Chain division since 2001. During his tenure, he cut US$2 billion annually from the company’s parts costs.

The announcement was made by GM president and CEO Fritz Henderson, who said that Andersson decided to pursue other career opportunities, effective immediately. “Bo has made tremendous contributions to the development of our global purchasing and supply chain strategy as we’ve globalized our product line portfolios and manufacturing footprint,” Henderson said.

Andersson, 53, joined GM in 1987 as a manager for Saab. He also held the position of GM Europe vice president of purchasing, was named vice-president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain in December 2001, and was appointed a group vice-president in 2007.

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