Executive Vice President & President, South America
About GM: Jaime Ardila
Jaime Ardila announced in July that he will retire after nearly three decades with General Motors. He will be transitioning responsibilities to Barry Engle.
Ardila was appointed Executive Vice President & President, South America region, responsible for the operations in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, effective June 22, 2010, after serving as GM Mercosur President, since November 2007. He is currently a member of the GM Executive Committee.
Ardila was born in Pereira, Colombia, on July 24, 1955. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota, Colombia, in 1977, and a master's degree from the London School of Economics in 1981.
Ardila was chief of the Economic Integration Division of the national Planning Department in Colombia, a section of the Central Bank, in 1981. Later he was named General Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Industry and Commerce.
In 1984, Ardila joined General Motors in Colombia as Export Manager and, in 1986, he transferred to the New York Treasurer's Office. In 1988, he became Finance Manager for GM Europe in the European Aftersales organization, based in Germany. In 1990, he was assigned to Vauxhall Motors in England as Finance Manager, Aftersales.
In 1991, Ardila was named Treasurer for GM de México and, in 1993, he transferred to General Motors Chile as Finance and Administration Director.
In 1996, he returned to Bogota, Colombia, as president of Rothschild Bank of London. In 1998, he rejoined GM as president of General Motors Ecuador and, in 1999, he transferred to Colombia as President of General Motors Colmotores. In 2001, he was appointed President and Managing Director of GM Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
From March 1, 2003 to November 1, 2007, Ardila served as GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Jaime Ardila is married to Martha, also a Colombian, and has no children. He speaks Spanish, English, German and Portuguese. He is a great tennis fan and likes to play when time permits.