15 June 2009 | Jake Kanter
Bo Andersson, (pictured) chief purchasing officer at General Motors' (GM), has left the embattled carmaker with immediate effect.
In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, GM chief executive Fritz Henderson said Andersson, who is on the editorial advisory board of Supply Management's sister magazine CPO Agenda, departed to "pursue other career opportunities".
He added: "Bo has made tremendous contributions to the development of our purchasing and supply chain strategy as we've globalised our product line portfolios and manufacturing."
Andersson joined GM in 1987 as a manager at Swedish car firm Saab. He held a number of procurement roles, including vice-president of purchasing for GM Europe, before becoming global CPO in 2001.
He is the first senior executive to leave the company since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month. GM has not confirmed when a replacement will be appointed.
The company pledged to pay essential suppliers for goods and services provided before and after 1 June (News, 11 June 2009).
Last week supplier groups the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association requested $10 billion (£6 billion) in government aid. (Web news, 12 June 2009)
GM's fellow Detroit carmaker Chrysler emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week and head of procurement Scott Garberding remains with the company.