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    Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada head



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    GM Names Steve Carlisle Senior VP and President, Cadillac

    Johan de Nysschen leaves GM to pursue other interests; Travis Hester becomes president and managing director, GM Canada

    DETROIT — General Motors today announced the appointment of Steve Carlisle as General Motors senior vice president and president, Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the company effective immediately.

    Travis Hester, currently vice president, Global Product Programs, is named president and managing director, GM Canada, replacing Carlisle. The transition will begin immediately.

    “We appreciate Johan’s efforts over the last four years in setting a stronger foundation for Cadillac,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann. “Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and, beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.”

    Carlisle was most recently president and managing director of GM Canada, where he led a resurgence of the GM Canada franchise. In 2017, GM was number one in automotive retail sales in Canada, with Buick, GMC and Cadillac achieving their best ever sales years. Carlisle also reestablished key relationships in Canada with retailers, employees and government officials.

    “The potential for Cadillac across the globe is incredible and I’m honored to be chosen to be a part of mapping that future,” said Carlisle. “I look forward to building on our current momentum as we continue on our mission to position Cadillac at the pinnacle of luxury.”

    Carlisle will report to Dan Ammann.

    Carlisle began his GM career in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant. Over the course of his career with General Motors, Carlisle has held several senior leadership positions that have taken him across the globe, including vice president, Global Product Planning (2010-2014); vice president, U.S. Sales Operations (2010); and president and managing director, Southeast Asia Operations (2007-2010).

    Hester brings extensive global leadership and global product development experience to his new role at GM Canada. Since 2016, he has led the team responsible for balancing all aspects of vehicle development, including quality, cost, appearance, purchasing, customer acceptance and performance targets.

    Hester will report to Alan Batey, president, GM North America.

    Hester began his GM career in 1995 in Australia as a technical support engineer for GM Holden. He held a variety of positions in Australia before moving to the U.S. in 2005. Since 2005, Hester has held engineering positions in both the U.S. and China, including chief engineer for several global premium luxury vehicles, the Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Sonic. Hester became vice president, Global Product Programs, in 2016.

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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    His brief departure means one of two things...

    1. He sexually harassed someone.

    2. His performance review went poorly.

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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    Wow... This is huge. I personally didn't feel like Cadillac was really firing on all cylinders, so it's not terribly surprising, but I feel like he didn't really get enough of a chance.
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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    Here's the first thing I hope they do:

    Change the logo again.
    Change the naming system of the models again.
    Move the headquarters from New York to LA.
    Create a new tagline for the brand.

    No matter what you do, focus on the product last. We need to get the easy things done right away.

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    I have a feeling he got into a heated dispute with management.
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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    Quote Originally Posted by DequindreToo View Post
    His brief departure means one of two things...

    1. He sexually harassed someone.

    2. His performance review went poorly.
    It would appear he probably did something inappropriate.

    It makes no sense that he would leave based on performance. Everything he has done to date had to be approved by the board or his superior. A preapproved plan was in place through 2020 the first year he arrived for an entirely new restructuring and product portfolio. A whole new lineup is set to launch with the XT4 being the first. Everything has been on schedule and things were about to get good for Cadillac.

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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    I'm preparing myself to see another corporate GM lifer step in ruin things.

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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    Is it April Fool's Day?

    Heading back to Audi to work under the new VW Chairman? (guess on my part)

    Quote Originally Posted by DequindreToo View Post
    His brief departure means one of two things...

    1. He sexually harassed someone.

    2. His performance review went poorly.
    Not really. It's possible those things happened, but he was there 4 years, not like it was one quarter or something. To put it in PC terms, I don't think he was a good "culture fit" for GM. IE: He got fed up and couldn't deal with their BS bureaucracy/politics/lack of vision. It could be any number of things. This makes the timing of the Escalade Rebate all the more interesting..........

    Quote Originally Posted by Al63240 View Post
    Wow... This is huge. I personally didn't feel like Cadillac was really firing on all cylinders, so it's not terribly surprising, but I feel like he didn't really get enough of a chance.
    I think he had Cadillac moving in the right direction, Escala was the the right direction to move to, his new product wasn't even really hitting the market yet. He had such a freakin' mess to cleanup he was behind the 8-ball from the beginning. If Mary forced him out, it was a flat out mistake.
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    Man, what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on there wall. We probably won’t ever know the reasoning for his departure. I was fine having someone from the outside come in with a fresh set of eyes to restructure Caddy.
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    I have a feeling he got into a heated dispute with management.
    That's what my gut tells me as well.
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    But what about Melody??
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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    This sucks....

    I hope the new guy doesn't put all of the product pipeline on hold to review and change future product. Cadillac is gaining momentum and I don't want what JDN has planned for the next couple of years to be delayed.

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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    If i remember correctly CT5 and some near future cars are/were overseen by Johan...i hope this doesn't bring delays in program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesda1 View Post
    I have a feeling he got into a heated dispute with management.
    Could be...

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    Re: Johan de Nysschen Out at Cadillac, replaced effective immediately by GM Canada he

    This is horrible for Cadillac, A GM lifer is going to ruin things. I would hope they bring in someone from Mercedes, Volkwagen Group or FCA Italy. There is no way Cadillac plays well without an outsider. Hopefully they can get someone from JLR.


    GM corporate culture is just not appropriate for the brand. This guy has ZERO luxury brand management experience. ZERO!

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