DETROIT -- General Motors Tuesday named former Europe purchasing head Robert Socia, 55, to replace Bo Andersson as group vice president for purchasing and supply chain.
Socia currently serves as executive vice president of Shanghai General Motors. When his new job takes affect July 1, he will inherit an $86-billion annual purchasing budget that buys 190,000 parts.
His primary job will be to meet CEO Fritz Hendersons goals for wringing cost savings from the automakers supply base as it shrinks through bankruptcy.
In a statement, Henderson said Socia has been prepared for the job through his diverse experience leading operations in Europe, South Africa and China, his proven dedication to putting the customer first and his extensive experience in purchasing.
Socia joined GM in 1975 at the Cadillac Division in Detroit. He has been a senior purchasing manager in Brazil, vice president of purchasing for GM Europe and chairman of GM-Fiat worldwide purchasing during the automakers' alliance at the beginning of this decade.
Andersson, 53, resigned from GM earlier this month and departed Friday. Russian carmaker GAZ said today that Andersson has agreed to become its chairman.