By on July 9, 2020

Cadillac President Steve Carlisle just got a promotion. Following the announced departure of General Motors North America President Barry Engle, GM tapped the 58-year-old Canadian for the spot.

Arriving at Cadillac in 2018 after the ouster of former brand boss Johan de Nysschen, Carlisle has overseen the introduction of new product and the development of the first of Cadillac’s future range of electric vehicles. It’s a direction GM’s pursuing heavily across all brands, making Carlisle an obvious pick for Engle’s job.

In a statement, GM said Engle, 56, was “leaving GM to pursue leadership opportunities that leverage his broad executive expertise in a variety of industries.” Carlisle steps into his new shoes on September 1st. A source told the Detroit Free Press that Engle, sensing that time was running out, jumped ship in order to find a company to run. The search is on.

For Carlisle, who joined the automaker as a co-op student at GM Canada’s Oshawa Truck Assembly in 1982, Engle’s departure represents an opportunity to make a mark as sales, service, and marketing leader across all GM divisions. He’ll report to GM President Mark Reuss. Before leaving to head the Cadillac brand, Carlisle served as president of GM Canada.

“Steve will help us scale the considerable transformation progress we have been making, while at the same time preserving the sufficient autonomy necessary to maintain four distinct vehicle brands,” said CEO Mary Barra in a statement.

“This role will build on Steve’s progressive leadership within GM, particularly over the past two years at Cadillac. This change will also improve the collaboration and decision-making that fuel innovation.”

While Carlisle retains his oversight of Cadillac, the scope of his job was widened, meaning someone else needs to keep a close eye on the automaker’s premium brand on a day-to-day basis. That responsibility falls to Rory Harvey, 52, who GM appointed vice president, Cadillac Sales, Service and Marketing. Harvey joined the brand in 2018 after serving as boss of the former British GM property, Vauxhall.

[Images: General Motors]

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8 Comments on “Carlisle Jumps From Cadillac Prez to GM North America Boss...”


  • avatar
    R Henry

    Golly! I can only imagine that the great resurgence of the Cadillac brand is what led to this promotion!

  • avatar

    Good Company Man!!!

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    I wish that the following sentence was mine:

    “In corporations and in septic tanks, the largest turds float to the top”.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    if you take the Chevy Escalade out of the mix does anyone believe that Cadillac is anything other than a money pit?

    btw, is the Cadillac coffee bar still open?

    I heard they had nice bathrooms

  • avatar
    thornmark

    “A great spot to catch up on some work, hold a quick meeting, grab some coffee, and enjoy some of that Cadillac spirit! There’s a substantial amount of seating (long table, two smaller four seat tables, lots of chairs, smaller coffee tables) and outlets. They also have pristine restrooms!”

    CLOSED

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Wow – abuse people’s trust for five decades or so and they really tend to hold a grudge…

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Cadillac should be a brand under the “Motors Liquidation” umbrella.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    Hey, what about the real Tesla news? Cadillac and GM executive shuffling, who cares? C/D just did a hatchet job on the new CT4V with its tractor engine 2.7l four cylinder turbo get-it-on shaking booming machine. Well done, Carlisle.

    Here’s what’s really shaking. Our dear old pal Elon says he’s got Level 5 autonomy cracked:

    “I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-autonomous/tesla-very-close-to-level-5-autonomous-driving-technology-musk-says-idUSKBN24A0HE

    Yup, ditch that snowmobile and buy a Model 3 in 24 months time post virus. Meet you in the snowbank of your choice.

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