Peter Layer is the Vice President of General Motors China for Global Purchasing & Supply Chain as well as the Executive Director of Purchasing and Supplier Quality at SAIC General Motors (SGM).
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University.
Peter is a 25+ year veteran of the Automotive Industry having worked his entire career for General Motors. Early in his career he worked in Detroit in several safety engineering related position before moving to Adam Opel AG in Ruesselsheim Germany. There he continued in safety and interior engineering before moving to purchasing where he worked in several different commodities. In 2005 he moved for the first time to Shanghai and was Director of Electrical & Thermal Purchasing for the former Asia Pacific region of GM. In 2006 he spent the next 5 years working in Seoul South Korea in Program Management for GM’s small cars. In 2010 he was appointed to the Director of Purchasing & Supply Chain for Russia / CIS based in both Moscow and St Petersburg Russia. At the end of 2013 he moved back to Detroit and worked in Chassis Purchasing as well as Program Purchasing for GM’s full-size trucks. In the summer of 2018 Peter returned to Shanghai and assumed his current role.
Peter has strong industry experience in Direct & Indirect Purchasing, Program Management, Logistics, Supply Chain, Supply Quality, and Crisis Management.
He is happily married to his German American wife of 20 years, and they have three daughters and one son together. In his spare time, he likes to run, bike, play golf, travel, and coach his sons baseball team the Shanghai Sluggers.