February 05, 2014

General Motors announces executive moves at Chevrolet, Buick-GMC

General Motors announced that Brian Sweeney, currently US Vice-President, Buick-GMC Sales and Service, has been named US Vice-President, Chevrolet. Sweeney will be responsible for Chevrolet Sales, Service and Marketing in the US effective March
1, 2014.

Don Johnson, 56, currently US Vice-President, Chevrolet Sales and Service, has elected to retire from General Motors after 33 years of service with GM in North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

"Don has contributed to GM's success in markets around the world, and we wish him and his family well as he concludes his GM career," said Alan Batey, GM Executive Vice-President and President, GM North America and Global Chevrolet.

Duncan Aldred, Currently Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO of Opel Ireland, based in Great Britain, has been named US Vice-President, Buick-GMC. Aldred will be responsible for Buick-GMC Sales, Service and Marketing in the US.

Both Sweeney and Aldred report to Steve Hill, Vice-President, US Sales and Service.

"Chevrolet has some of the freshest products and dealerships in the industry, Buick is bringing new customers into the GM family and GMC is refreshing its entire portfolio over a two-year period," said Hill. "Brian and Duncan both have a broad understanding of sales and marketing and the right skills to help us delight our current customers and attract new ones."

Sweeney, 46, joined GM in 1990 and held a series of sales and service assignments at GMC, Pontiac and GM Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing before becoming vice president of Saab Cars USA in 2004. He became US Vice-President, Buick-GMC Sales and Service in 2010. Sweeney earned a bachelor's degree from The University of Detroit Mercy and a master's degree from Central Michigan University.

Aldred, 43, joined GM in 1990at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant. He worked in various positions in Vauxhall Sales and Marketing before becoming Vauxhall retail sales director in 2004. Following assignments in Hungary and Germany, he was named Managing Director, Vauxhall Motors, in 2010, and added Chairman responsibilities in 2011. In 2013 he was named acting Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales for Opel/Vauxhall.He earned a bachelor's degree from Liverpool John Moores University.


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