Locked in a battle for domination in what has become the world’s largest automotive market, General Motors is shaking up its top Chinese management team.
Significantly, Matthew Tsien becomes the first executive of Asian heritage to run GM’s rapidly expanding empire in China – which generated more sales last year than the maker’s core U.S. operations.
A 37-year GM veteran, Tsien has clocked a wide range of assignments in markets as diverse as Germany and Australia, but he has also put in a significant amount of time in China where he has most recently been serving as vice president of Planning and Program Management for GM China and GM Consolidated International Operations and Strategic Alliances for China.
In his new role, Tsien will succeed Bob Socia, who has announced he will retire on January 1. Tsien will become a member of the GM Executive Operations Committee, reporting to General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, which underscores the importance GM puts on the China market.