New GM's New Executive Roster Looks Surprisingly Familiar. Or Not.

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Regular readers know that TTAC leans a little towards the “Inside Baseball” side of the auto industry. In this case, if we leaned any further, we’d fall down. But hey, many of us have come a long way together, shaking our heads in wonder as The General’s aide de camps stayed-up all night listening to Mohammed’s radio. Or something like that. Anyway, here’s a GM-related picture from Clubsnap.com’s Singapore snappers, taken during last year’s BBK International Motor Show. Make the jump for your New GM New Scorecard.

North America

Reporting to Bob Lutz, vice chairman of marketing and communications


Brent Dewar, vice president, global Chevrolet brand


Susan Docherty, general manager, Buick-GMC brands


Bryan Nesbitt, general manager, Cadillac brand


Jay Spenchian, executive director, marketing strategy support group


Reporting to Mark LaNeve, vice president of U.S. sales


Jim Bunnell, general manager, sales operations


Steve Hill, general manager, retail sales support


Kurt McNeil, general sales manager, Chevrolet brand


Ed Peper, general sales manager, Cadillac brand


Brian Sweeney, general sales manager, Buick-GMC brand


Retirements


Gary Cowger, group vice president, global manufacturing and labor relations. Effective Dec. 31.


Ralph Szygenda, group vice president and chief information officer. Effective Oct. 1.


Troy Clarke, group vice president and president, GM North America. Effective Oct. 1.


Maureen Kemptson Darkes, group vice president, GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East. Effective Dec. 31.


International operations


The following executives will be GM International vice presidents, based in Shanghai


Jim Bovenzi, global purchasing and supply chain


Jim DeLuca, quality


Don Johnson, vehicle sales, service and marketing


Diane Jurgens, information systems and services


Nancy Ownes, human resources


Joe Peter, CFO


Therese Ryan, general counsel (followed by Ken Wong in June 2010)


Dan Sovran, alliances and business development


John Stadwick, aftersales


Eric Stevens, manufacturing


Johan Willems, communications


Steve Clarke, vehicle engineering


Lowell Paddock, program management and planning


Ken Parkinson, design


Also in Asia:


• At GM Daewoo, Mike Arcamone becomes president and CEO, replacing Michael Grimaldi, who is retiring, effective Oct. 1. Arcamone currently is vice president of GM Powertrain Europe.


At Holden, Alan Batey replaces Mark Reuss as managing director of GM Holden, effective Sept. 1. Reuss will return to the U.S. to assume a senior leadership role in global product development


Ray Bierzynski, vice president of engineering for GM Asia Pacific and executive director of China engineering, will return to the U.S. to assume a senior role in global product development.


Board of directors


5 new directors were appointed


Carol Stephenson, dean of Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario


Daniel Akerson, managing director, The Carlyle Group private equity group


David Bonderman, co-founding partner, TPG private equity firm


Robert Krebs, retired CEO, Burlington Northern Santa Fe


Patricia Russo, former CEO, Alcatel-Lucent

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  • Mtypex Mtypex on Jul 28, 2009

    Susan Docherty. Mark LaNeve. We'll still have the Old GM to kick around for some time to come!

  • Vento97 Vento97 on Jul 28, 2009

    Stay tuned for "Chapter 11 - Part Deux" - coming soon to a dealer near you....

  • Billccm I think we will see history repeat itself. The French acquired AMC in the 1980s, discovered they couldn't make easy money, sold AMC off to Chrysler. Jeep is all that remained. This time the French acquired FCA, and they are discovering no easy profits. Assume an Asian manufacturer will acquire what remains of Chrysler, but this time Jeep and RAM are the only survivors.
  • William I feel very sorry for those who attempt to use an attack on a product as a way to deprecate an individual whose politics they disagree with. They delude themselves and mislead others.
  • Arthur Dailey Have to admit that I love that interior colour. And also like the upholstery on the seats and the inside of the door panels. And when was the last time you saw a door hanging coffee cup holder? Some here probably didn't know that such a device existed.
  • Buickman this is about cars. I miss Robert.
  • 28-Cars-Later Can we end debt slavery next? Its getting to the point where its no longer voluntary.
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