GM Vice President, Global Quality
About GM: Grace Lieblein
Grace Lieblein is responsible for leading General Motors’ global quality efforts aimed at providing customers with the highest-quality vehicles in the industry. Lieblein brings to the role in-depth knowledge of manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and global markets to ensure seamless integration of customer-focused technologies. Lieblein also is a member of the Board of Directors for the GM Foundation.
Between January 2013 and November 2014, Lieblein was responsible for GM’s purchasing, supply chain and logistics operations worldwide. While overseeing the day-to-day operations, she implemented new tools and initiatives that helped the organization achieve its business goals together with GM’s supplier partners, while strengthening their relationships.
Lieblein was president and managing director of GM Brazil from June 2011 to January 2013. Under her leadership, GM Brazil launched nine new products in 15 months and played a key role in the unit’s transformation. Prior to her assignment in Brazil, Lieblein was president and managing director of GM Mexico – the first woman to serve in this role. While in Mexico, in addition to her position at GM, she was on the board of directors of the American Chamber Mexico.
Lieblein began her GM career in 1978 as a co-op student at General Motors Assembly Division in Los Angeles. She progressed through a number of positions, including manager of GM’s Desert Proving Ground in Arizona and director of Engineering Design for GM’s North America Car Group.
Lieblein has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master's degree in management – materials/logistics – from Michigan State University. She also holds a certificate from the Thunderbird Global Leadership Certificate Program.
In addition to her roles at GM, Lieblein is a member of the board of directors for Honeywell International, U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS) and the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s board of directors. Also, Lieblein is on the advisory board of Focus: HOPE in Detroit and the board of advisors for US-MEX Forum for Cooperation, Understanding and Solidarity (FoCUS). In January 2014, she was named chairman of the board of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
Widely recognized for her achievements, Lieblein recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award for North America 2015 from the Automotive Supply Chain organization, and was honored by the Michigan Women’s Foundation at its 2015 Women of Achievement and Courage Celebration. In 2014, she was named Engineer of the Year by STEM Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) and was recognized as a 2014 Automotive News All-Star. In 2013, she was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Women in Automotive.