GM Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing
Chairman, GM China
Tim Lee was appointed GM executive vice president, Global Manufacturing, and chairman, GM China, effective August 5, 2013. He has responsibility for GM’s operations in the company’s largest market as well as manufacturing, labor and manufacturing engineering on a global basis.
He is also a member of the Opel Supervisory Board and chairman of Shanghai GM.
Lee had been president, GM International Operations, since December 4, 2009, and GM vice president, Global Manufacturing, since July 16, 2012. Lee earlier served as GM group vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations, focusing on the customer at the place where it all begins – the plant floor.
Prior to that assignment, Lee was GM North America vice president of Manufacturing from January 1, 2006 to July 31, 2009, and was a member of GM's North American Strategy Board.
While in Zurich, Switzerland, Lee was GM vice president of Manufacturing, and was responsible for all GM vehicle manufacturing and assembly plants in Europe. Earlier in his career, Lee gained additional international experience directing product and manufacturing planning for Isuzu Motors in Japan, where he was named vice president of Corporate and Product Planning and a member of the Board of Directors.
Lee's broad automotive experience started as a student intern with GM in 1969. He worked his way from manufacturing, labor relations and personnel positions into various senior manufacturing posts. Lee served as plant manager at several GM plants in the U.S., and was the executive director of Manufacturing Engineering.
Originally from Lorain, Ohio, Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial administration from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Purdue University. In September 2011, he received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for his contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai.