Gm"s Bob Socia retires after decades of distinguished service



DETROIT–December 1, 2013: General Motors China President Bob Socia today announced
he will retire on Jan. 1, 2014 after nearly four decades at the company
managing a wide range of important positions around the globe.

Matthew (Matt) Tsien, vice president of Planning and Program Management
for GM China and GM Consolidated International Operations and Strategic
Alliances for China, will succeed Socia.

“We appreciate Bob’s 38 years of dedicated service and his
significant contributions to GM in all of our regions,” said Dan
Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors. “When Bob was appointed
president of our largest market, our plan was for him to help prepare his
successor. Matt is now ready to step into the role and we wish Bob the best
in his retirement.”

As the head of GM’s operations in China, Socia led the growth of
the company’s business there, working with the local partners. GM and
its joint ventures are on track to sell more than 3 million vehicles this
year, a new record for the company. He also helped expand GM’s
Cadillac portfolio and increased exports to emerging markets. Socia, 59,
began his career with GM in 1975 in the Cadillac Division in Detroit and
has held key positions in North America, Brazil, Europe and South Africa in
addition to China.

In his new role, Tsien will become a member of the GM Executive
Operations Committee, reporting to Akerson.

“We expect Matt will extend our legacy of strong leadership in
China,” said Akerson. “He has held significant leadership roles
in the company, including several in China. Matt has a deep understanding
of China’s automotive market and has worked closely with and built
excellent relationships with our partners and joint ventures, which will
help ensure a smooth transition.”

A 37-year veteran of GM, Tsien has extensive experience in engineering,
planning and management, both globally and locally. He also has valuable
experience leading a joint venture in China as executive vice president of
the SAIC-GM-Wuling operations. Having helped negotiate the early joint
ventures with SAIC, including Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical
Automotive Center (PATAC), he has deep insight into the company’s
China operations.

Tsien, 53, began his career at Delco Electronics in 1976 in electrical
engineering as a cooperative student. Between 1995 and 2000, he worked in
Germany, Australia and China in technical, program management and planning
roles. He was appointed executive director of vehicle systems for GM North
America Product Development in 2001 and later executive director of Global
Technology Engineering. He was executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling
from 2009 to 2012. In his current role, which he has held since January
2012, he oversees GM’s product planning and the growth of its product
lineup across the region.

Tsien received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from
the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1981, a
master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in
1982 and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1993. Tsien’s successor will be announced

Earlier this year, GM announced that its joint ventures in China are
investing about $11 billion in vehicles, facilities and people through

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