Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain
About GM: Grace Lieblein
Effective December, 2012, Grace Lieblein was appointed to the position of GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. In her new role, Lieblein is responsible for GM’s purchasing activities and supply chain and logistics operations worldwide. Lieblein was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Honeywell International as well as the Advisory Board of Focus: HOPE. She is on the Supervisory Board of Adam Opel AG, in Russelsheim, Germany, the Board of Advisors for US-MEX Forum for Cooperation, Understanding and Solidarity (FoCUS), and the Board of Directors for the GM Foundation. As of January, 2014, she was also named Chairman of the Board for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
Previously, Lieblein was President and Managing Director of GM Brazil where she oversaw the launch of 9 new products in 15 months, and was part of the unit’s Transformation. Before coming to Brazil, Lieblein was President and Managing Director of GM Mexico, and the first woman to serve in this role. While in Mexico, in addition to her position at GM, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Chamber Mexico, and in May 2010, she was named Vice President of the Board.
Grace began her career in 1978 as a co-op student at General Motors Assembly Division in Los Angeles. She later 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.
Grace received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1983 and a master's degree in management - materials/logistics from Michigan State University in 1987. She also holds a certificate from Thunderbird’s Global Leadership program from 1998.
Widely recognized for her achievements, Grace’s most recent honors include:
- In 2013, she was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Women In Automotive
- In 2012, she was featured on CNN as part of their “Leading Women” series. She was also named Executive of the Year by TopCar TV in Brazil.
- In 2012, she was added to Hispanic Business Magazine's 2012 Corporate Elite 25
- In 2011, she was recognized by Fortune magazine on their list of “50 Most Powerful Women in Business – International”, ranked as #22 overall, and one of “10 Global Women on the rise”.
- In 2010, she was recognized by Financial Times magazine, as one of the top 100 women in world business in a group of “The Ones to Watch”.
- In 2010, She was Second on the list of the Most Powerful Women CEOs in Latin America by America Economy Magazine
- In, 2010 She was recognized as one of the top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry by Automotive News
- In 2010, Expansion Magazine placed her in the second position of the “Top 50 most powerful women in Mexico”
When she is not working, Grace enjoys exercising, cooking, reading and traveling with her family.