SHANGHAI – The General Motors Board of Directors, meeting for the first time ever outside the United States, participated in an All-Employee Meeting on Monday at the GM campus in Shanghai.
More than 700 employees from GMIO and GM China listened as Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson – who was driven to the meeting in an EN-V concept vehicle popularized during the 2010 Shanghai Expo – gave an update on GM’s business. He was then joined by fellow board members Steve Girsky and Patricia Russo to answer employees’ questions. GMIO President Tim Lee moderated the Q&A.
Board members later were given an overview of GMIO and GM China as well as an introduction to SAIC-GM-Wuling’s lineup of models, including the new Baojun 630, which recently went on sale in China.
The board also visited Shanghai GM, where members participated in the celebration of the production of the joint venture’s 5-millionth vehicle. Shanghai GM, which produced its first vehicle on Dec. 17, 1998, reached the milestone earlier than any other automaker in China.
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