16 June 2009 | Martha McKenzie-Minifie
General Motors (GM) yesterday announced Bob Socia (pictured) will be its new vice-president of global purchasing and supply chain.
He replaces Bo Andersson, who left GM on Friday and was the first senior executive to depart after the carmaker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 1 June. He is now an adviser to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska's OAO GAZ automaker, according to Bloomberg newswire.
Socia, currently executive vice-president of Shanghai General Motors, begins his new role on 1 July.
GM president Fritz Henderson highlighted Socia's "proven dedication to putting the customer first" and "extensive experience in purchasing".
Socia joined the Cadillac division of GM in Detroit in 1975. Prior to his current role, he was president and managing director of GM South Africa from 2004 to 2007.