Matthew (Matt) Tsien was appointed GM executive vice president and president of GM China in January 2014. Based in Shanghai, he oversees the day-to-day operations of GM’s business in China, including its 11 joint ventures. He also serves on the boards of SAIC-GM-Wuling, FAW-GM, Shanghai OnStar and GM Korea.
Tsien had been vice president of Planning and Program Management for GM China and GM Consolidated International Operations, and Strategic Alliances for China since January 2012. He was GM’s leading planning voice across the region and helped oversee the growth of its product lineup.
Tsien began his professional career at Delco Electronics in 1976 as an electrical engineer, where he designed and released embedded software for automotive applications and led advanced work in navigation and telematics.
Between 1995 and 2000, Tsien worked in Germany, Australia and China in various technical, program management and planning assignments. In China, he was chief technology officer and director of Business Planning. He supported GM’s negotiations with SAIC for its early joint ventures, crafted GM China’s initial five-year business plan, and helped forge cooperation between GM and the government, industry and academic communities.
In 2001, he moved to GM North America Product Development as executive director of Vehicle Systems. Tsien joined General Motors Global Engineering in 2005 as executive director of Global Technology Engineering.
Tsien became executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM China’s manufacturing joint venture with SAIC and Wuling Motors, in 2009. He was a member of the joint venture’s Executive Committee and managed the company’s Purchasing and Supply Chain Management organization in addition to Information Technology and its Technical Development Center.
Tsien has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In September 2014, Tsien received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for his contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai.