General Motors has announced that it will be moving its international headquarters from Shanghai to Singapore, a move that will see 120 employees working from the city-state by the time business opens in 2014. Meanwhile, 250 to 300 of the employees at the Shanghai office will remain in China, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The shuffle is part of a bigger reorganization that will see GM isolate its operations in the People's Republic from its broader international efforts. This sort of divide-and-conquer strategy will allow GM to still react to emerging markets while, according to the WSJ, providing a dedicated management team for the Chinese market. The team in Singapore will be responsible for operations in Africa, southeast Asia, Australia, India, South Korea and the Middle East, on top of managing Chevrolet and Cadillac in Europe, according to a statement from GM.

The shift to Singapore "will help us to create a renewed identity for CIO (Consolidated International Operations) and lead GM's umbrella strategy for the region," said GM Executive Vice President of CIO, Stefan Jacoby.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a smart move. Shanghai is great, but it's too dirty and traffic ridden, and even more expensive when it comes to office leasing than Singapore. Plus Singapore is a financial hub and to conduct business there is no-brainer.
      • 1 Year Ago
      In companies where money actually matters the conversation goes like this: "We're re-organizing so that we can dedicate a team to focus on China. Those of you who are working on China, carry on. Those of you who are not, you are being relocated to another floor. That is all." But at GM the conversation goes like this: "We're re-organizing so that we can dedicate a team to focus on China. Those of you who are working on China, stay put. Those of you who are not, pack your bags because you're moving to another country to do the same job that you've been doing here the whole time." Glad GM's products have improved. Too bad their business policy hasn't.
        • 1 Year Ago
        They will be back in Shanghai before 2020. They will be out of Shanghai again by 2025. If any company loves to churn, it is GM.
      • 1 Year Ago
      less spying i suppose
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Republic of Singapore is one of, if not the most financially free country in the world. It has therefore boomed as a hub of international business.
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