Shilpan Amin Tapped to Lead GM International, Steve Kiefer to Retire

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced the appointment of Shilpan Amin as GM senior vice president and president of GM International, replacing Steve Kiefer, who has elected to retire after nearly 40 years in the industry.
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Left - Steve Kiefer; Right - Shilpan Amin // Courtesy of General Motors Co.
Left – Steve Kiefer; Right – Shilpan Amin // Courtesy of General Motors Co.

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced the appointment of Shilpan Amin as GM senior vice president and president of GM International, replacing Steve Kiefer, who has elected to retire after nearly 40 years in the industry.

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.

“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,” says Mary Barra, chair and CEO of GM. “His leadership during the global supply chain crisis is a testament to his ability to build relationships and manage complex global issues.”

Amin is currently GM vice president of global purchasing and supply chain. GM will name a replacement for Amin soon. He began his career with GM in 1996 as a product engineer in advanced product development.

He has held various leadership roles within GM’s vehicle engineering and global purchasing and supply chain organizations. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce in Clawson.

Kiefer is retiring to focus his efforts on the Kiefer Foundation, which seeks to end distracted driving and all associated traffic deaths and injuries. The Kiefer Foundation was established in 2016 in honor of Kiefer’s son, Mitchel, who was tragically killed by a distracted driver on Sept. 19, 2016.

His retirement is effective April 1. Prior to his role with GM International, Kiefer spent five years leading GM’s global purchasing and supply chain organization. He began his career at GM in 1983. He served in senior leadership roles with automotive supplier Delphi for over a decade. He returned to GM in 2013 as vice president of global powertrain.

Under Kiefer’s leadership, GM International has built strong momentum, with the region achieving a significant financial turnaround and delivering positive EBIT in three of the last five quarters. The region is on track to deliver sustainable profitability and be a net contributor to GM globally.

“Steve has been a valued member and major contributor to the GM leadership team for several years,” says Barra. “Under his leadership we have turned around our performance throughout the international markets. I thank Steve for his many contributions to GM, and I wish him and his family all the best in retirement and in his important work with the Kiefer Foundation.”

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