Great Wall Motor Co., China’s largest domestic light-truck maker, appointed Mu Feng as new general manager following the resignation of long-time general manager Wang Fengying.
Mu, 47, will be responsible for the overall management of the company, Great Wall said this week.
After joining Great Wall in 2007, Mu has long been in charge of R&D at the company, though his responsibilities were later expanded to include product strategy and vehicle assembly.
Wang has served as Great Wall’s general manager for nearly 20 years. She resigned from the role on July 24, but will continue to remain engaged in the company’s strategic management, Great Wall noted.
At Chinese companies, the role of a general manager is similar to that of chief executive officer.
Great Wall was established in 1984 in the north China city of Baoding as a light-duty truck manufacturer controlled by the Baoding city government.
It was restructured in 1998 into a private company majority owned by then general manager and now Chairman Wei Jianjun.
Great Wall now mainly produces crossovers, SUVs and pickups.
In the first half of 2022, sales at the company dropped 16 percent to 518,525 due to persistent semiconductor chip shortages and government lockdown measures to contain a resurging coronavirus outbreak in China.