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Barry Engle to Join GM South Africa as President in September

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Barry Engle

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General Motors’ executive vice president and president of South Africa, Jaime Ardila, has announced that he will end his nearly-three-decade-long career with the company this September. Ardila is being succeeded by Barry Engle, who is currently the CEO of Agility Fuel Systems.

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“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for this great company for almost three decades and meet some of the best people in the industry,” said Ardila. “More than ever, I am convinced GM has the resources to be the most valued automotive company in the world: great leadership, product excellence, total customer focus and a winning mentality.”

Ardila began his career with GM in 1984 in Colombia, working his way through various positions with the company and ultimately taking up his current mantle in 2010.

Once he takes over the position, Engle will be in charge of overseeing operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. As part of his role, he will also join the GM Executive Leadership Team.

“I’m very excited to join the General Motors team and return to an industry that I love,” said Engle. “I’m particularly looking forward to working with my colleagues in South America as we manage through some near-term macro challenges while building and positioning the business for continued long-term leadership in the region.”

Engle’s career includes a stint as President of Ford of Brazil from 2005 and 2006.

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