SHANGHAI -- Jack Cheng, Fiat Group's former chief procurement officer in China, has been named CEO of the Italian automaker's newly established joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.
Cheng, a native of Taiwan, ran Ford's China procurement office before joining Fiat Group in 2007.
Fiat issued a statement detailing several executive appointments for the joint venture.
Jiang Ping, previously deputy general manger of Guangzhou Auto, will be the joint venture's deputy general manager.
Zeng Qinghong, general manger of Guangzhou Auto, will be president of the new venture. Franco Amadei, chairman of Fiat (China) Business Co., has been appointed vice president.
The joint venture's other board directors include; Fu Shoujie, deputy general manager of Guangzhou Auto; Paolino Gagliardo, Fiat Global's executive vice president for international operations; and Stephan Ketter, Fiat Group's executive vice president for quality and manufacturing.
In July 2009, Fiat and Guangzhou Auto signed a framework agreement to establish a 50-50 joint venture to build cars and engines for the Chinese market.
According to the agreement, Fiat will start building cars in central China's Changsha city in the second half of 2011, with an initial production capacity of 140,000 cars and 220,000 engines per year.