Tata Motors appoints Karl Slym as managing director
Karl Slym became executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM China’s manufacturing joint venture with SAIC and Wuling Motors, on January 1, 2012. He had been president and managing director of GM India since October 1, 2007. Mr. Slym earlier served as vice president of Quality for GM Asia Pacific and GM Daewoo Auto & Technology since 2006. Prior to that, he was president and a member of the Board of Directors of CAMI Automotive, GM’s Canadian joint venture with Suzuki, since 2002.
Mr. Slym began his career with GM in 1995 as a lean manufacturing advisor at Opel Eisenach in Germany. He then moved on to general assembly manager at the same facility before becoming director of Manufacturing for Opel Polska in Gliwice, Poland, in 1997. In 1999, he moved to GM of Canada as assistant plant manager and later plant manager for its Oshawa car plants.
Mr. Slym worked for Toyota U.K. in Derbyshire, England, rising to general assembly manager, before joining GM. Mr. Slym was awarded a Sloan Fellowship from GM and in 2002 earned a Master of Science degree in business administration from Stanford University. He graduated in 1984 from his post-secondary education in production engineering at England’s Derby University. ■