General Motors has announced the appointment of 28-year GM veteran Gustavo Céspedes as the vice president of its SAIC-Wuling joint venture. Cespedes is effective in the position August 1 and will be based at SAIC-GM-Wuling’s headquarters in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.
Cespedes, who will report to GM executive vice president and president of GM China Matt Tsien, succeeds Raymond Bierzynski, who has been in the post since October 2012 and recently elected to retire after 35 years with the company.
Since 2013, Cespedes has managed GM’s manufacturing complex in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. His career with GM began in 1985 when hired as a manufacturing engineer at the automaker’s Ramos Arizpe Complex in Mexico. He has since held positions in in Mexico, Spain and the United States in product development, manufacturing, planning, marketing and quality.
“We are pleased to have Gustavo taking on a leadership role at SAIC-GM-Wuling,” Tsien said in a statement. “He has held important positions with GM in manufacturing, marketing, planning and product development in North America and Europe. His vast experience will benefit SAIC-GM-Wuling and our operations across China.”
Departing Bierzynski joined GM in 1978 and has held several senior leadership roles during his lengthly tenure with GM, including president of GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center and vice president of GM Asia Pacific. He was given the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai government in 2006 for his outstanding social, economic and cultural contributions to the municipality.