General Motors Appoints Jack Uppal President of Africa & Middle East
As General Motors continues to reinvent the face of mobility while driving forward profitable growth in its core operations, Jack Uppal has been appointed President and Managing Director of GM Africa & Middle East.
Effective November 2022, current President and MD of GM Africa & Middle East, Luay Al Shurafa, will transition to take on the role of Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service & Marketing, GM China and SAIC-GM.
Al Shurafa replaces Mike Devereux who has been named Vice President of Digital for GM International and will repatriate to the US.
GM Senior Vice President and President GM International, Shilpan Amin, said: “Uppal’s track record of commercial success and deep knowledge of electrification are valuable assets as our business in Africa and the Middle East leads the transition of the industry to an ell-electric future.
“Under Luay Al Shurafa’s leadership, GM AMEO has not only delivered significant growth, but is also leading the transformation of automotive industry in the region as evidenced at our Exhibit Zero Arabia forum last November.
“Jack is a staunch believer in robust relationships and embedded innovation and brings a strategic and inclusive mindset that will further empower the team to build toward a safer, sustainable and electrified tomorrow.”
Amin added: “I sincerely thank Luay for his leadership. He was the first locally born and raised leader for GM Africa & Middle East and has taken the business to new heights.
"He also helped forge several strategies and partnerships to introduce many firsts in the electric and autonomous vehicle space, as well as nurturing entrepreneurs, women in leadership and STEM."
Uppal said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as GM continues to lead the industry and reshape the face of mobility.
“I see so much growth opportunity for GM in this region. We also know our GM vision aligns with the ambitious and inspiring agendas of leaders and governments around the region and together we can make change for the better."