Phil Murtaugh helped set up GM's joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.
GM confirmed Wednesday that Murtaugh has left the company. Details of Murtaugh's replacement are being finalized and an announcement is pending, GM says.
Troy Clarke, 49, president of GM Asia Pacific, is expected to oversee GM's four manufacturing ventures in China until a replacement is found.
Murtaugh has been a part of the GM organization in China since January 1996, serving a leadership role within Shanghai GM, the initial joint venture between GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC), and later as chairman and CEO of the GM China Group, which oversees GM's seven joint ventures and two wholly owned enterprises in mainland China, and GM's operations in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
During Murtaugh's tenure, GM underwent an aggressive expansion of its product lineup, manufacturing capacity, and research and product development capability.
"Our Chinese partnerships are strong. Our China operations are doing well. Under Phil's leadership, GM has achieved record sales approaching nearly 500,000 units a year and become an industry leader with more than 9 percent of the vehicle market," said Clarke.
Clarke added, "Our China sales are on track for double-digit growth once again this year. We thank Phil for his 32 years of great contributions to GM and wish him and his family all the best."
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