New Delhi: General Motors (GM) India on Tuesday said it has appointed Lowell Paddock as president and managing director (MD) of GM India with effect from 1 January 2012, and he will succeed the incumbent Karl Slym.

In a statement, the company said Slym, who has led the Indian operations of GM India since 1 October 2007, will move to SAIC-GM-Wuling in China as executive vice-president.

Paddock will oversee GM’s operations across India, including its manufacturing facilities in Halol, Gujarat, and Talegaon, Maharashtra, as well as its joint venture with Chinese auto-maker SAIC, the company said.

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Since 1 September 2009, Paddock has served as GMIO vice-president of programme management and planning, where he had oversight of GM’s product line-up in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the statement added.

Paddock has also held several important posts in product planning and programme management in his home country the United States (US), Europe and Asia since joining GM in 1992.

His previous positions include director of portfolio planning at GM Europe, vice-president of planning at GM Asia-Pacific and executive director of planning and programme management at GM’s Shanghai GM joint venture in China.

On the other hand, Slym in his new position will play a key role in GM’s largest operations in China as executive vice-president of SAIC and Wuling Motors, which manufactures a growing lineup of mini-commercial vehicles and passenger cars.

Lee said during Slym’s tenure in India, the company emerged as the 5th largest automobile manufacturer in the country.

“He has put GM in a strong position for continued success in a market that we have made a global priority," Lee said, adding Slym will remain a member of the GMIO leadership team.