Today, July 17th, GM announced it appointed Tim Lee, 61, as the company’s vice president of global manufacturing.
He will focus on GM’s international division, which includes Russia, South Korea, China and other regions, accounting for 40% of the company’s global sales volume. Lee replaces Diana Tremblay, 52, who will now be vice president of North American manufacturing and will report to Tim Lee.
Lee joined GM in 1969 as an intern and in December 2009 he took his current position as president of GM’s international division. He oversaw manufacturing in North America and Europe, in over 60 plants located in 15 countries.
“His extensive manufacturing experience coupled with this alignment will help deliver great, quality vehicles that keep pace with GM’s global growth,” Akerson said.
This move will give Tremblay the possibility to focus on the busiest U.S. vehicle-launch schedule that the company has had in many years. GM plans to retool by the end of this year its four truck facilities in North America, as part of its goal to launch in 2013 the next generations of its full-sized pickups and SUVs.