General Motors (GM) have announced the appointment of Shilpan Amin as GM senior vice president and president at GM International as the company moves towards its electric future. GM aims to lead the electric vehicle industry in the US and expects to have a capacity of more than a million in North America by the end of 2025.
GM announced last year that the company would increase its investment to $35 billion in autonomous and electric vehicles (EVs) through 2025. With the company working towards an all-electric future, it has committed to 30 new global electric vehicles by 2025.
Amin replaces Steve Kiefer, who has elected to retire after almost 40 years in the auto industry. Amin’s appointment and Kiefer’s retirement are effective from April.
GM International consists of GM’s global operations outside of North America and China. Major markets for GM International include South America, the Middle East, Korea, Europe, Japan, Australia, Israel and Uzbekistan.
Amin is currently GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. GM will name a replacement for Amin soon. Amin has been vocal and positive about the move towards an all-electric future for the brand and is also a member of the board of directors at Pure Watercraft.
GM recently acquired a 25 percent stake in the Seattle-based company that specialises in creating all-electric boating solutions to preserve the air and waterways for future generations. The company also invested nearly $154 million in Western New York for the production of electric vehicle motor components
Mary Barra, GM CEO, said: “Shilpan’s experience leading GM’s purchasing and supply chain and his extensive global engineering background uniquely position him to run our international markets and build on the great momentum we have throughout the region.
“His leadership during the global supply chain crisis is a testament to his ability to build relationships and manage complex global issues.”
General Motors, which also sells vehicles under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Wuling brands, will launch its Chevy Silverado EV this year. This electric pick-up is expected to offer customers an estimated range of more than 400 miles (644km).