China’s economic surge has slowed in recent months, but that hasn’t prevented it from recognizing those who helped contribute to its growth.
Case in point, SAIC-GM Executive Vice President Julian Blissett, who this week was handed the Mongolia Award– the highest honor an expatriate can receive from the Shanghai municipal government.
General Motors says the United Kingdom native has contributed to the development of the SAIC-GM partnership, and has assisted in the development of new manufacturing facilities for SAIC-GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW). He was also a key factor in the establishment GM and SAIC’s global high-performance powertrain initiative while also helping secure localized suppliers.
Blissett has worn a number of hats at GM prior to his current position, including VP of New Business Development and Alliances, Executive Director of Manufacturing Engineering for GM International Operations, followed by a stint as Deputy Executive Director of Manufacturing at SAIC-GM.
Created in 1989, the award serves to recognize foreign scholars, experts and entrepreneurs who have performed commendable deeds or made outstanding contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai.
“This is a great honor that I share with my team,” said Blissett. “The government of Shanghai has been a strong supporter of SAIC-GM, including the construction of our new Cadillac plant in Shanghai, to enable us to meet the needs of car buyers locally and nationwide.”