Rajeev Chaba, a General Motors Co. veteran who was previously the automaker's top sales executive in India and North Africa, has been named chief of GM sales in China.
Chaba was chosen as a replacement for GM's former China sales chief, Terry Johnsson, who left GM in March.
In his new post as vice president for vehicle sales, service and marketing, Chaba will oversee the activities of GM China as well as its passenger car joint venture, Shanghai General Motors Corp.
He will work with Shanghai GM's current vice president for sales, Cai Bin, who will remain in his post. Chaba also will serve on Shanghai GM's executive committee and will report to GM China vice president Joseph Liu.
Shanghai GM is a 49-51 joint venture between GM and SAIC Motor Corp.
Chaba joined GM in his native India in 1995 and later became GM India's general manager of sales and vice president of sales, marketing and aftersales. Before coming to China, he was managing director of GM North Africa and GM Egypt.
GM is the second largest player on the Chinese passenger vehicle market. Shanghai GM, GM's passenger vehicle joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp. sold 536,262 Buick, Chevy and Cadillac vehicles in the first 5 months of this year, next only to VW's 707,524 vehicles.
GM also has a micro commercial vehicle joint venture with SAIC. The company, SAIC-GW-Wuling Automobile Co. is China's largest micro commercial vehicle maker, with sales reaching 527,304 units in the first five months.