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Cadillac president leaving company effective immediately

Cadillac president leaving company effective immediately

Travis Hester, now vice president, Global Product Programs, is named president and managing director, GM Canada, replacing Carlisle. Somewhat ironically, the product portion of the de Nysschen era only just began at the 2018 NY auto show with the introduction of the 2019 Cadillac XT4.

However, sales lagged, falling 11 percent since Nysschen's first full year as boss in 2015. Hester most recently served as a vice president in GM's global product development department. 1 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Since then, Carlisle has trotted the globe for GM, serving in Asia between 2007 and 2010 and then running global product planning and USA sales operations before returning to Canada as its top executive.

GM stock fell about 0.7% after the news was made public Wednesday.

His time was also marked, however, by a strike at the Cami plant past year. With General Motors deciding to appoint an insider as Cadillac's chief, it might be GM's way of trying to take back control of a brand that has slipped through its fingers under de Nysschen's leadership.

Settling some of those battles was among his biggest accomplishments, said Canadian industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.

Mr.de Nysschen leaves after leading Cadillac to the second best sales year on record globally last year, but an 8 per cent decline in USA sales-the second straight drop in a market where the brand's name was once synonymous with luxury.

De Nysschen also presided over the effective debut of Cadillac's Super Cruise hand-free highway self-driving feature, which now challenges Tesla's Autopilot as the best semi-autonomous consumer system available.

De Nysschen came to Cadillac from Infiniti, and before that, Audi. Nysschen leaves after a almost four-year stint at the company. The brand rolled out a new crossover, the XT4 at the NY auto show last month and has two other crossovers in the works.

"We appreciate Johan's efforts over the last four years in setting a stronger foundation for Cadillac", said GM President Dan Ammann. "This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard".

"I look forward to building on our current momentum as we continue on our mission to position Cadillac at the pinnacle of luxury", Carlisle said. The executive move the brand's global headquarters to New York City and out of Detroit, changed the brand's naming convention, and laid out the brand's future growth strategy for the next few years. Mr. Carlisle planned to shift the headquarters of Cadillac Canada to a new campus the company is scheduled to build east of downtown Toronto.

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