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Former Volvo CEO Jacoby to Run GM International Operations

Former IO chief Tim Lee now to head GM’s huge China empire.

by on Aug.02, 2013

Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby duing an appearance at the LA Auto Show.

With nearly two out of every three General Motors products now being sold outside of North America, the maker is stepping up its efforts to keep momentum building, especially in China and other emerging markets – and that’s led to some key personnel changes that include the hiring of an industry veteran to run GM International Operations.

Stefan Jacoby, who most recently served as CEO of Volvo Cars after the Swedish maker was purchased by China’s Geely, will come aboard as Executive Vice President Consolidated International Operations for GM, a fittingly long title considering he will oversee operations in over 100 countries in the maker’s Asia/Pacific, European, Middle East and African regions.

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Meanwhile, Tim Lee, who had been running GM IO for four years will become chairman of GM China, a position that will put him in charge of a fast-growing universe of 12 join ventures, two foreign operations, a major new R&D center and more than 55,000 employees. GM is currently battling it out in China for the number one sales slot against Volkswagen AG where, coincidentally, Jacoby spent a chunk of his career.

“The GM team has plans to win in every market, and I’m eager to contribute,” Jacoby said.

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Tim Lee Named Head of GM International

Another step in maker’s management shake-up.

by on Dec.04, 2009

GM is sending Tim Lee off to Shanghai, where he'll head the automaker's expanding International Operations.

GM is sending Tim Lee to Shanghai, where he'll head the automaker's expanding International Operations.

Tim Lee, who has been serving as the automaker’s vice president of global manufacturing and sales, will become GM’s new head of international operations.

The appointment was in tandem with  Nick Reilly’s move from GM International headquarters, in Shanghai, to Germany, where he will serve as head of both the troubled Opel subsidiary and General Motors Europe.

“I look forward to the challenge of building GM’s business in the world’s key emerging markets as well as many important mature markets. I also look forward to ongoing successful collaboration with our partners,” Lee said.

The China operation is rapidly becoming one of GM’s most important, reflecting not just the automaker’s success in the market but the overall surge in demand among increasingly affluent Chinese motorists.  Sales in the market soared to 12 million from January through November and are expected to top 13 million for all of 2009.

The strong position of the Buick brand is considered a primary reason why GM decided to maintain the long-troubled marque, in the U.S., while dropping four other brands as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.