While reports claim that General Motors is eyeing Volvo’s CEO Stefan Jacoby as a candidate as the new Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Automotive News has listed a quartet of other industry movers and shakers across the Atlantic.
They are: Bo Andersson, Patrick Pelata, Rainer Schmueckle and Jean-Marc Gales.
Former GM procurement boss Bo Andersson now heads Russia’s GAZ Group. Andersson’s merit is that he managed to turn the company around from being 1 billion Euros in debt in 2009 to being completely profitable today. Pelata makes for a strong pick coming in as the former chief operation officer of Renault, working directly with Renault-Nissian CEO Carlos Ghosn. This experience would come in handy as GM aligns itself with PSA Peugeot-Citroën. However he was forced to resign in the wake of last year’s espionage scandal involving the company.
Then there’s Jean-Marc Gales, the 49-year-old head of automotive supplier entity CLEPA and a former PSA board member, while also possessing knowledge from working with Mercedes-Benz, where he was a global sales director from 2006-2009. Lastly, Johnson Controls’ COO Rainer Schmueckle, a former Daimler executive, is also a possibility.
Possibilities, unless Thomas Sedran assumes the interim CEO role permanently.