Vice Chairman, Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Global Product Planning
About GM: Stephen J. Girsky
Steve Girsky serves as Vice Chairman, Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Global Product Planning. In this position, he has overall responsibility for global corporate strategy, new business development, global purchasing and supply chain, global product planning and program management, global connected consumer/OnStar, and GM Ventures LLC and global research & development. He continues to serve on the General Motors Board of Directors, GM Ventures LLC Board of Managers, GM Financial Company Board of Directors, and European Automobile Manufacturers Association Board of Directors.
Beginning in July 2012 through February 2013, Steve served as the interim head of GM’s European operations as President of GM Europe. Prior to becoming GM Vice Chairman, he briefly served as Senior Advisor to the Office of the Chairman.
Previously, Steve was president of S. J. Girsky & Co, an independent advisory firm based in New York, where he applied more than twenty years of experience working with senior corporate and board executives, labor leaders, OEM leaders, suppliers and dealers, national and local policy makers. He also served as the lead director of Dana Holdings Corp.
Steve has also served as president of Centerbridge Industrial Partners, an affiliate of Centerbridge Partners, LP, an investment fund with approximately $8 billion of assets under management. Prior to Centerbridge, Steve was a special advisor to the CEO and CFO of General Motors Corporation from August 2005 to June 2006.
In total, Steve has more than 25 years of automotive experience, including serving as managing director at Morgan Stanley and as senior analyst of the Morgan Stanley Global Automotive and Auto Parts Research Team. While at Morgan Stanley, Steve was ranked the No. 1 automotive and auto parts analyst by Institutional Investor's "All-American Research Team" annual investor poll for 14 consecutive years. His automotive and auto parts team ranked No. 1 in the Greenwich Associates poll for 14 consecutive years as well.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was managing director of PaineWebber's Automotive Group and worked as an analyst on the overseas financial staff of GM.
Steve holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He was born on April 30, 1962.
Steve is currently serving as Chairman of the Focus HOPE Capital Campaign and is a member of the Downtown Detroit Partnership Board. Other charitable and non-profit organizations which he has supported over the years include the UJA-Federation of New York, Student/Sponsor Partnership, Multiple Sclerosis, The UCLA Chancellor's Associates Fund, Harvard Business School, Columbia University, Cornell University, the United Way and The Babies & Children's Hospital of New York.