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Six Nominated to GM Technical Center Korea Board

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General Motors has nominated six global senior executives to join the Board of Directors for the new GM Technical Center Korea. This follows the July announcement that Korea will spearhead global design, development, and engineering responsibilities for compact SUVs.

The six nominees to the Board are Roberto Rempel, GM executive chief engineer; Michael Simcoe, GM global vice president of design; Sam Basile, GM global VP of portfolio planning; Jim Hentschel, GM VP of global vehicle integrity; Dean Guard, GM executive director for global CO­2 strategy and energy center; and Albert Nazarian, GM finance director of global product development and CFO of growth market vehicle programs. Rempel will serve in the capacity of representative director.

“Roberto Rempel’s experience and deep knowledge of GM’s global engineering and the engineering capability in Korea will be critical to the long-term success of the GM Technical Center Korea,” said General Motors Executive Vice President Barry Engle.

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“We are taking the necessary steps to build a long-term, sustainable future for GM in Korea,” said GM Korea President and CEO Kaher Kazem. “Our shareholders are making significant investments in our manufacturing and product development operations, and the nomination of senior global leaders to the technical center board will help to position it to win more work into the future.”

The announcement that South Korea would be home to a new GM Technical Center followed the May announcement of a $2.8 billion investment that will lead to the production of two new vehicles. GM vehicles manufactured in Korea include the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Spark, and Chevrolet Trax, all of which are sold both domestically and as exports. In 2017, GM Korea delivered 392,170 vehicles to 120 global markets — including the United States.

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