GKN Automotive has appointed Shaoling Qiu as the new president of GKN Automotive China, effective from 1 May.

Qiu, who will be reporting directly to GKN Automotive CEO, Liam Butterworth and be based in Shanghai, is joining from Thyssenkrupp Automotive where he was CEO of its Asia Pacific region and in charge of its China business division.

This follows an extensive career in the automotive industry including four years serving as president of Dayco China.

“China is a critically important market for us and Charlie is joining GKN Automotive at the perfect time,” said Butterworth.

“He will be leading our ambitious strategy to continue growing our business in the world’s largest car market.

“Our advanced e-powertrain technologies make us perfectly placed to take advantage of China’s growing appetite for electrified vehicles. We are also intent on boosting our Driveline business, working with our joint-venture partner, HASCO.”