GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing, and President, International Operations
About GM: Timothy E. Lee
Tim Lee was appointed president, GM International Operations (GMIO), effective December 4, 2009. Based at GMIO's headquarters in Shanghai, China, he oversees GM's operations in Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, as well as Chevrolet Europe. He was appointed to the Opel Supervisory Board in November 2011. He is also chairman of Shanghai GM.
On July 16, 2012, he took on the additional role of GM vice president, Global Manufacturing. He has oversight for GM’s manufacturing operations around the world as well as responsibility for global manufacturing engineering, labor relations, safety, and manufacturing strategy and planning.
Lee had served as GM group vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations, focusing on the customer at the place where it all begins – the plant floor.
Prior to that assignment, Lee was GM North America vice president of Manufacturing from January 1, 2006 to July 31, 2009, and was a member of GM's North American Strategy Board.
While in Zurich, Switzerland, Lee was GM vice president of Manufacturing, and was responsible for all GM vehicle manufacturing and assembly plants in Europe. Earlier in his career, Lee gained additional international experience directing product and manufacturing planning for Isuzu Motors in Japan, where he was named vice president of Corporate and Product Planning and a member of the Board of Directors.
Lee's broad automotive experience started as a student intern with GM in 1969. He worked his way from manufacturing, labor relations and personnel positions into various senior manufacturing posts. Lee served as plant manager at several GM plants in the U.S., and was the executive director of Manufacturing Engineering.
Originally from Lorain, Ohio, Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial administration from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Purdue University. In September 2011, he received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for his contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai.