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Cadillac President Johan De Nysschen Leaves GM, Is Replaced by Steve Carlisle

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Steve Carlisle is Cadillac’s new president
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Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has left the GM luxury brand effectively immediately and will be replaced by Steve Carlisle, GM Canada’s president and managing director.

De Nysschen arrived at Cadillac in 2014. He led a variety of efforts to strengthen the sedan-centric brand, including, most recently, the introduction of Cadillac’s first compact SUV, the XT4. He also presided over Cadillac’s impressive sales growth in China. However, Cadillac’s overall sales fell 8% in 2017 as auto buyers continued to favor trucks and SUVs. Cadillac also trails competitor luxury brands like Mercedes, Audi, and BMW.

“We appreciate Johan’s efforts over the last four years in setting a stronger foundation for Cadillac,” said GM 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 on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.”

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Johan de Nysschen has left his position as Cadillac president
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Under Carlisle, GM Canada enjoyed an outstanding 2017. Cadillac, GMC, and Buick posted all-time high sales for the year. Overall, GM Canada led the country in retail auto sales.

“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 has worked for GM since 1982 and has held leadership positions including vice president of Global Product Planning, vice president of U.S. Sales Operations, and president and managing director of Southeast Asia Operations.

Travis Hester, GM’s vice president of Global Product Programs, will replace Carlisle as head of GM Canada.

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News Source: The Detroit News