General Motors has appointed Karl Slym as President and Managing Director for its India operations. Slym replaces Rajeev Chaba, who has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of GM Egypt after spearheading GM’s growth in India for the past two years. Slym has held the dual roles of GM Asia-Pacific Vice-President, Quality, and GM Daewoo Automotive and Technology Vice-President, Quality, based in South Korea since January 2006.
Prior to joining GM in 1997, Slym had worked in the UK, including Toyota UK. His GM roles have included senior manufacturing positions in Gliwice, Poland and Oshawa, Canada. He was appointed President of CAMI Automotive, a joint venture between GM of Canada and Suzuki Motor Corporation in Ingersoll, Canada, in 2002, prior to joining the Asia-Pacific leadership team.
Commenting on the two appointments, Nick Reilly, GM Asia-Pacific Group Vice-President and President, said, “India is one of GM’s most significant growth markets, and Rajeev has led the GM team at an important time in our history. We are delighted to have Karl bring his extensive experience to maintain that growth,”
Reilly further said, “Rajeev has been an active advocate for developing GM’s presence in India and has overseen significant changes in a relatively short amount of time. Karl has proven himself in a range of disciplines within GM, which makes him an ideal replacement.”
Chaba assumed the role of President and Managing Director in June 2005, having been GM India’s COO since September 2003. He joined GM India in 1995 and held roles in marketing, sales and aftersales. He worked as Marketing Director for GM Japan in 2002 and 2003 before returning to India as COO.