The Australian-born head of General Motors' operations in China, India and South-East Asia has decided to retire.
Kevin Wale, 57, who has led the Asian operations since 2005, will step down October 31, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
He'll be replaced by Bob Socia, 58, who is now head of global purchasing for GM. Socia will start work in China on October 1, the statement said.
Wale began his career with GM in Australia in 1975, spending time in Asia and Europe before becoming managing director of the China Group in 2005.