General Motors has recently announced that Tim Zimmerman, 49, has been named president, GM Southeast Asia Operations. He will be responsible for GM’s expanding operations in the region and be based at the new Singapore headquarters of GM International Operations (GMIO).
Meanwhile, Marcos Purty, 42, has been appointed managing director, GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand. He will lead GM’s operations in Thailand and be based at GM Thailand’s headquarters in Bangkok.
“GM International Operations is undergoing a transformation that is committed to driving the region and all of our markets toward long-term success,” said Stefan Jacoby, GM executive vice president and president, GMIO.
“Tim and Marcos are two experienced industry professionals with a great knowledge of the business, particularly on the sales side. They will lead the growth of GM’s business – including the Chevrolet brand – across Southeast Asia, where GM is focused on becoming a leader.”
Zimmerman will succeed Jim DeLuca, who has been leading GM Southeast Asia Operations on an interim basis. DeLuca was recently appointed GM executive vice president, Global Manufacturing. In light of the leadership change, Jacoby acknowledged and thanked DeLuca for his contributions during the past several months.
Zimmerman comes to GM from PSA Peugeot Citroen, where he has worked since 1986 in vehicle and parts sales, marketing and management in the U.K., France, the Netherlands and China. His most recent post was managing director of Peugeot Motor Co. in the U.K.
Purty joined GM as a member of the College Graduate In-Training Program in 1994. He has held several engineering and manufacturing positions in North America and Asia Pacific. Purty most recently was president director of GM Indonesia, where he led the renovation of GM’s Bekasi manufacturing facility and the expansion of sales in the market.