DETROIT -- General Motors global purchasing czar Bo Andersson has also assumed responsibility for North America in a continuing upheaval in the GM purchasing department.
Andersson replaced Jim Bovenzi, the GM vice president who held the job since March of last year. Bovenzi now heads GM purchasing for Asia in Shanghai. "This was the time to do a change," Andersson said in an interview. "Asia is growing very fast."
Bovenzi replaces Randy Pappal, who headed GM's Asia purchasing until this month. It is not clear whether Pappal has a new assignment.
A GM spokesman declined comment.
The changes follow Andersson's recent removal of four of the seven executive directors responsible for GM's $85 billion global parts purchasing budget. All four executives remain with the automaker.