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Jim DeLuca new EVP of GM global manufacturing

Staff writer | Detroit, Mich., USA | January 27, 2014
James B. DeLucaJanuary 27, 2014, Detroit, Mich., USA - General Motors (GM) announced that James B. DeLuca will become executive vice president of General Motors global manufacturing on February 1, succeeding Tim Lee, who is retiring April 1, 2014.
Mr. DeLuca began his GM career in 1979 as a General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) student at GM's Linden, N.J., Assembly Plant. He held key manufacturing positions at multiple plants and served as Director of Model Change Engineering for the former GM Truck Group and Manufacturing Manager of Stamping Operations for GM North American Manufacturing.

Mr. DeLuca was appointed vice president of Quality for GM Asia Pacific and GM Daewoo Auto & Technology in November 2007 and after that was named vice president of Quality for GMIO, currently being vice president of Manufacturing for GMIO.

Mr. DeLuca received a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Manufacturing Management from GMI. He also participated in the General Motors Senior Executive Program in 2007.

Mr. Lee, GM executive vice president, Global Manufacturing, and chairman, GM China, is also a member of the Opel Supervisory Board and chairman of Shanghai GM. He had been president, GM International Operations and GM vice president, Global Manufacturing. He earlier served as GM group vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations, focusing on the customer at the plant floor.

Prior to that assignment, Mr. Lee was GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and was a member of GM's North American Strategy Board. While in Zurich, Switzerland, he was GM vice president of Manufacturing, and was responsible for all GM vehicle manufacturing and assembly plants in Europe. Earlier in his career, he was with Isuzu Motors in Japan, where he was named vice president of Corporate and Product Planning and a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Lee's 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. He served as plant manager at several GM plants in the U.S., and was the executive director of Manufacturing Engineering.

Mr. 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. He received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for his contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai.