Shortly after his appointment, Bierzynski had this to say:
Bierzynski joined GM back in 1978, landing a spot with Cadillac. Since then, he has held several positions in engineering, design, component development and advance purchasing. Some of Bierzynki's most notable titles include president of the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai and vice-president of engineering for GM Asia Pacific. We'll be keeping an eye on this one.As an emerging market, China is in a great position to leverage GM's global leadership in vehicle electrification. By joining hands with domestic enterprises, government institutions and academic institutions, we look forward to creating solutions in China that will meet the unique needs of the local market and local consumers.
[Source: General Motors]
Demonstrates GM's focus on vehicle electrification in world's largest market
Shanghai – GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale has announced the appointment of Ray Bierzynski as GM China's first Executive Director for Electrification Strategy. Bierzynski, who has been with General Motors for more than 30 years, will drive vehicle electrification for the automaker in its largest global market.
Bierzynski's responsibilities include coordinating and accelerating the commercialization of GM's electrification technologies in China. Based in Shanghai, he will work closely with GM's global functions, local partners, government organizations, universities and infrastructure stakeholders to ensure the seamless integration of the automaker's growing electrification activities. Bierzynski will also be engaged in codes and standards coordination, and the development of policies, supplier capability, demonstration programs and alternative business models for the electric vehicle market.
"Electrification is an important industry trend for promoting sustainable transportation around the globe and a key focus area for GM," said Wale. "Having an experienced executive like Ray to oversee the implementation of our existing technology and development of new technology will help ensure that China is a full participant."
"As an emerging market, China is in a great position to leverage GM's global leadership in vehicle electrification," said Bierzynski. "By joining hands with domestic enterprises, government institutions and academic institutions, we look forward to creating solutions in China that will meet the unique needs of the local market and local consumers."
Bierzynski joined General Motors in 1978 with the Cadillac Motor Car Division. He has held several key positions in engineering, design, component development and advance purchasing. Among his previous posts were President of the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai, and Vice President of Engineering for GM Asia Pacific and GM Executive Director of China Engineering. He is a recipient of the 2006 Shanghai Municipal Magnolia Award for his contributions to Shanghai.
GM made a commitment to leading the industry in electrification part of its five-year plan for continued success in China announced in April. Its plan complements the "GM Sustainable Urban Mobility Blue Paper," which was published at the conclusion of World Expo 2010 Shanghai and provides a roadmap to sustainable transportation.
GM offers the widest range of new energy products among automakers in China. It has introduced the Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid and Cadillac Escalade two-mode hybrid. Later this year, GM will bring to China the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle and the new Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, which offers a fuel economy improvement of 25 percent. It will also share its plug-in hybrid technology.
GM is establishing a battery lab at the new GM Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai to explore battery technologies. At the same time, it is expanding its partnerships in this important area of its business.
In 2010, GM and its strategic partner SAIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop a next-generation electric vehicle architecture relevant for China.
In April, GM signed an MOU with the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co. Ltd. (SSTEC) to collaborate on integrating GM's Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) type vehicles into the Tianjin Eco-City from a power, communications and physical infrastructure perspective. The EN-V was a star of World Expo 2010 Shanghai, where GM showcased its vision of sustainable urban transportation in 2030.
In addition, GM is working with China's supply base with the aim of developing a strong local capability for the provision of high-quality components essential to support the industry's move to electrification.
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