Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain
About GM: Grace Lieblein
Grace Lieblein is responsible for General Motors’ worldwide purchasing, supply chain and logistics operations. While overseeing day-to-day operations, she also is heavily focused on continuing to improve relationships with GM’s supply base. Her most recent initiative, Supplying Communities Together, enables her team and GM suppliers to strengthen their working relationship by collaborating on charitable campaigns in the communities where they live and work. Lieblein also is a member of the GM Foundation board of directors and a member of the Supervisory Board of Adam Opel AG, in Russelsheim, Germany.
From June 2011 to January 2013, Lieblein was president and managing director of GM Brazil. 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 appointed to the board of directors for the American Chamber Mexico and named vice president of its board.
Lieblein began her GM 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.
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 in October 2014, she became a member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s board of directors. Also, Lieblein serves 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 was recently named 2014 Engineer of the Year by STEM Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) and in 2013, she was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Women in Automotive.