Current General Motors China President Bob Socia has spent nearly four decades at the company, working his way up the ladder over a wide range of global positions. And now his tenure is drawing to a close, as Socia announced his retirement to be January 1, 2014.
Matthew Tsien, 53, current vice president of Planning and Program Management for GM China and GM Consolidated International Operations and Strategic Alliances for China, has been announced as Socia’s successor. A successor to Tsien’s old position will be announced later.
Tsien began his 37-year GM career at Delco Electronics in 1976 in electrical engineering as a cooperative student. Between 1995 and 2000, he worked in Germany, Australia and China in technical, program management and planning roles. He was appointed executive director of vehicle systems for GM North America Product Development in 2001 and later executive director of Global Technology Engineering. He was executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling from 2009 to 2012. In his current role, which he has held since January 2012, he oversees GM’s product planning and the growth of its product lineup across the region.
Tsien received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1981, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1982 and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. Tsien’s successor will be announced later.