The automaker announced a major change in leadership for its China operations, promoting Zhuang Jingxiong as the new President of SAIC-GM, effective immediately. Jingxiong, who previously served as the automaker’s vice president of sales, succeeds Wang Yongqing in the role and takes over the reins of the GM joint venture amid a notable drop in sales.
Zhuang Jingxiong first joined SAIC-GM in 1996 to participate in the establishment work of the strategic alliance between General Motors and state-owned SAIC Motor, quickly rising through various key positions from Vehicle Production Manager to Executive Director of Purchasing of the joint venture. As such, he is a veteran who knows the ins and outs of the company since its founding.
In 2019, Zhuang Jingxiong was transferred from SAIC-GM to SAIC Motor, where he successively served as Deputy Director and Director of the President’s Office, as well as General Manager of SAIC Quality and Economic Operation Department. He was later promoted as CEO of Shanghai Saike Travel Technology Service Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of SAIC that provides car rental and transportation services.
Most recently, in November 2022, Zhuang Jingxiong rejoined SAIC-GM as the company’s Deputy General Manager and Vice President of SAIC-GM Sales with extensive experience in manufacturing, operations management, strategic planning, and mobility services. The company says this enables Jingxiong to guide SAIC-GM towards its vision of “Leading smart travel and achieving a better life.”
Zhuang Jingxiong’s appointment is seen as a drastic move aimed at boosting sales of the U.S. company’s core business in China, as SAIC-GM rapidly accelerates toward producing all-electric vehicles with GM’s Ultium EV global powertrain technology. In fact, the executive began his work by actively expediting the launch of the company’s new vehicles in the Chinese market.