President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada Limited
Kevin W. Williams was appointed President and Managing Director of GM Canada Limited on April 1, 2010, and has overall responsibility for all General Motors operations in Canada.
Prior to his current assignment, Williams served as GM Vice President and General Manager, Service and Parts Operations, effective December 1, 2008. In this position, he oversaw all GM Global Aftersales business, and served as Chairman and Global Process Leader for the GM Automotive Aftermarket Strategy Board (AASB).
Williams was appointed President and Managing Director of GM de Mexico, effective August 1, 2006. He served as Assistant Managing Director and Manufacturing Director, GM de Mexico from June 2005, and GM North America Vice President of Quality from May 2003. Williams served as a member of the GM North America Strategy Board from May 2003 through June 2009.
Prior assignments included positions as Global Executive Director, Supplier Quality, Development and Supplier Diversity for Worldwide Purchasing (since 2000); and Executive Director, Supplier Quality and Development for GM Europe, based in Russelsheim, Germany, with responsibilities spanning 22 countries and 1,500 employees (since 1997).
Williams began his GM career in 1983 as a reliability analyst at Buick City in Flint, Michigan. In 1989, he became the General Supervisor of Production at the Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing, Michigan; and, in 1991 was appointed Program Readiness Manager for GM’s EV1 electric vehicle program.
In 1993, he became a Reliability Engineer with the former North America Truck Group. In 1995, he became the Assistant Production Superintendent at the Janesville Assembly Plant in Janesville, Wisconsin; and, in 1996 was promoted to Area Manager of General Assembly.
Williams was born in 1961 and raised in Lexington Park, Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Tennessee State University in 1983 and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University in 1989. In 2002, Williams completed the GM Senior Executive Development Program.
He is currently a member of the Genesys Health System Board of Trustees, Genesys Health System Safety and Quality Committee and has served as Director of Genesee County Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce and Director of Automotive Youth Educational Systems, Inc., Executive Board. He was Chairman of the Black United Fund of Michigan Funding Board 2004-2005, Chairman of the GM African Ancestry Network 2003-2005 and Chairman, Board of Directors, S.A.E.- A World In Motion from 2003-2005. In 2010, Williams received the “Trailblazer Award” at the Automotive Symposium from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund for innovative leadership and commitment to workplace diversity. He also continues to support his alma mater, Tennessee State University, by serving on the Executive Board of the TSU Foundation, and is the GM Key Executive Liaison with the university.