GM Boots Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen
Steve Carlisle Steps into Position
General Motors released a statement today that the automaker would be replacing Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen with Steve Carlisle, who was the former head of GM Canada. De Nysschen, who was appointed president of Cadillac in 2014, will be departing the brand effective 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.”
The reason behind the management shakeup is unclear. Under de Nysschen, Cadillac’s worldwide sales expanded from 263,697 in 2014 to 356,467 in 2017 (largely buoyed by an expanding global presence and stellar sales growth in China). And with an updated crossover lineup on its way through the next few years, Caddy’s sales only promise to grow, particularly in the SUV-happy U.S. market. Leading that charge will be the XT4, as well as a rumored XT6 on the way.
Steve Carlisle will be the next person to help GM’s luxury brand. Before he chiefed Cadillac and GM Canada, Carlisle worked as vice president, Global Product Planning; vice president, U.S. Sales Operations; and president and managing director, Southeast Asia Operations. It’s likely his extensive global experience will help him continue Cadillac’s upward trajectory in China, Europe, and other newish markets.
Carlisle will report to Amman in his new position. Succeeding him as GM Canada’s boss will be Travis Hester.
Source: General Motors