Bob Socia was General Motors' boss in China for only 14 months when the company announced on Nov. 29 that Matthew Tsien, 53, would replace him. It was a brief tour of duty for the 59-year-old ex-global purchasing chief, who will retire. But GM said that was the plan all along.
"When Bob was appointed president of our largest market, our plan was for him to help prepare his successor," GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement. "Matt is now ready to step into the role and we wish Bob the best in his retirement."
This was Socia's second stint in China. He was executive vice president of Shanghai GM from 2007 to 2009 when he got the top purchasing job. So he had experience to impart.
But we checked, and the September 2012 announcement that Socia would replace Kevin Wale in China didn't mention he would stick around only a year.