Tom Liem - Vice President, Supply Chain
A native of Detroit, Tom attended Wayne State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1989. Following 5 years in Purchasing at General Motors’ joint venture with Toyota Motor Corp. (NUMMI), Tom joined GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Organization.
During his 20 years at GM, Tom progressed through the organization in multiple departments of commodity management from raw materials, chassis and driveline to complete interiors. He was involved in several significant business transactions including the spin-off and ongoing relationship management with American Axle and the formation of Nexteer.
Tom was promoted to Director of Program Purchasing – GM Full Size Trucks in 2003. After several successful global truck program launches he was assigned Vice President of Purchasing for the HUMMER deal team with the intent to assist in the brand spin-off. Upon GM’s decision not to sell the HUMMER brand, Tom led GM’s Performance, Hybrid and Luxury Car Program Purchasing organization. Tom led the program purchasing function for sixteen product launches including the Chevrolet VOLT, Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet C7 Corvette.
Tom left GM in 2014 joining the restart management team at Fisker (now Karma Automotive) in southern California. He progressed from Director of Purchasing to Vice President of Supply Chain with global responsibilities.
In his new role as President of TAL Group consulting Tom is supporting Inventev and select other diverse global companies in operations strategy, organizational development, supplier cost optimization and direct supplier negotiations.