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GM Named Most Supportive OEM at Global Supply Industry Awards

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GM named Most Supportive OEM at fourth-annual Automotive Leaders Summit

(Left to right) Peter Wooding, Chief Executive Officer of Three6Zero, Steve Kiefer, GM executive, and Sam Ogle, Editor of Automotive Supply Chain magazine.

Awards season isn’t over yet, and at last night’s Automotive Leaders Summit at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, General Motors was named Most Supportive OEM. Additionally, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Steve Kiefer was honored as Purchasing Executive of the Year.

“These industry awards validate the ongoing hard work and dedication the entire team at General Motors has made to win with our global supply partners,” Kiefer said. “We set and communicated our key priorities, put new tools and processes in place, and defined new ways to accelerate innovation to be the OEM of choice among suppliers.”

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Now in its fourth year, the Automotive Leaders Summit is an annual conference hosted by international media company Three6Zero. Roughly 200 of the top automotive supply chain executives from around the globe were in attendance, and the conference featured several presentations and discussions regarding the global supply chain, with Kiefer serving as the opening keynote speaker.

The conference’s black-tie Automotive Global Awards ceremony recognized individuals and companies in 25 categories. GM won its very first Most Supportive OEM award by besting BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen in online voting. The award—which was voted on by senior global executives from OEM, Tier suppliers, Logistics service providers, and automotive industry consultants—honors the manufacturer that has fostered collaboration and partnership with its service providers better than any other automaker.

Steve Kiefer’s Purchasing Executive of the Year award recognizes the industry Purchasing executive who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to work closely with the supply base. Kiefer’s win last night represents the first time that a GM Purchasing executive from North America has won the award.

“Steve Kiefer has been instrumental in driving GM’s connectivity initiatives since his appointment to his current role in December 2014,” said conference organizer Peter Wooding, who also serves as the Chief Executive Editor at Automotive Supply Chain magazine. “His talks with suppliers are much less about terms/conditions and material costs, and more about safe, defect-free vehicles, and accelerating innovation.”

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