Grace Lieblein

GM to issue report cards to big suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
After a year at the helm of GM's massive purchasing operation, global chief Grace Lieblein last week outlined the Strategic Supplier Engagement program.... Read More »

 

GM takes next step to strengthen relationship with suppliers

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
General Motors is rolling out an initiative to forge deeper strategic partnerships in its supply base, promising a better business relationship with suppliers that work more closely and openly with the automaker to speed innovations to market.... Read More »

 

GM takes next step to strengthen relationship with suppliers

Feb. 26, 2014 13:00 CET
General Motors is rolling out an initiative to forge deeper strategic partnerships with suppliers, promising a better business relationship to speed innovations to market.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Suppliers in the driver's seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
General Motors' dramatic about-face on its standard purchasing contract last week was more than a gritty admission by GM's purchasing chief that she was wrong. It was confirmation of a seismic shift in the balance of power between automakers and suppliers of cutting-edge technology.... Read More »

 

GM squeezes its suppliers -- gently

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
General Motors is counting on reducing supply and logistics costs as the next phase in their bid to match competitors in profitability.... Read More »

 

GM rolls back contentious terms in purchasing contract

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
GM is rolling back controversial changes it made last year to its purchasing contract, including new terms that some suppliers believed exposed them to greater warranty liability. GM in July rolled out the biggest overhaul to its supplier contract framework in 20 years.... Read More »

 

Global platforms prompting supplier shakeout

5:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
The auto industry's switch to global platforms will trigger a shakeout of the world's component suppliers. “Will [global platforms] create pressure for consolidation? The answer is clearly yes,” said Scott Kunselman, Chrysler Group's purchasing chief at the seminars on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Engineers are repairing supplier-automaker ties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
The Detroit 3 have turned to engineering executives to run their parts purchasing operations, with Ford becoming just the latest example. It's an idea that fits the times and seems to be working.... Read More »

 

Lieblein leads GM's bid to cut costs while rolling out new products

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
How can an auto company save money while introducing 18 new or refreshed vehicles in 12 months? General Motors must answer that question if the company is to achieve CEO Dan Akerson's goal of increasing profits and widening profit margins this year and next. And the executive who must provide a lot of the answers is Grace Lieblein, 52, GM's purchasing boss.... Read More »

 

GM's Lieblein aims to save $1 billion amid 18 new vehicles

9:53 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2013
It's a billion-dollar conundrum for an auto company: how to save money while introducing 18 new or refreshed vehicles in 12 months. If resurgent General Motors is going to achieve CEO Dan Akerson's goal of continuing to increase profit this year and next -- and significantly ramp up margins -- that will have to be done.... Read More »

 

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