Salvatore Basile has been appointed EVP of SAIC-GM.

Basile will be based in Shanghai and reports to GM EVP and GM China president, Matt Tsien. He will also be a member of the SAIC-GM executive committee.

Basile is a GM veteran with 25 years of experience in product development in North America, Europe, Korea and China. He had served as GM vice president of Global Portfolio Planning since 2016, responsible for development and management of the company’s product portfolio worldwide.

Basile was director of Product Planning and Programme Management at GM China and SAIC-GM from 2010 to 2012. In his prior positions, he played a major role in optimising the portfolios of Buick and Chevrolet in China.

“Sam’s global product expertise and local experience will help SAIC-GM strengthen its winning portfolio as the market enters the era of high-quality development,” said Tsien.

“He will work closely with our partner to drive the continued success of our global brands in China.”  

Basile started his career with GM in 1994 in the US, where he held a variety of positions in engineering, research and development, administration and product planning. He later served as GM VP of Global Chevrolet and North America Product Planning.

Basile succeeded Julian Blissett, who was earlier named GM SVP, International Operations. Blissett has responsibility for GM’s operations outside the Americas and China, including Korea, Australia, South East Asia, India and the Middle East. He reports to GM chairwoman and CEO, Mary Barra.