President and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, Susan Docherty, has announced plans to leave General Motors to spend time with her family. Her departure will be effective September 30th, and GM said that it will name a successor at a later date.
“With more than 27 years of GM service, Susan has been instrumental in many of our sales and marketing initiatives,” said GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing, and President, International Operations Tim Lee. “She has helped build the equity of our brands and reach our customers in new and innovative ways.”
In her current position, which was announced in December of 2011, Docherty commenced the restructuring of the business of the two global brands for which she was responsible in Europe, while growing Chevrolet market share in 2012 in a challenging European market, according to General Motors. She’s also been “a guiding force in helping the company redefine the positioning of the Chevrolet brand in GM International Operations”, according to the automaker.
“After almost three decades at this great company, working at an incredible pace in markets around the world, I’ve decided to take a break, invest time in my family and chart a new course for my career,” said Docherty. “I leave with incredible memories and valued friendships with high hopes for GM’s continued success.”
Before taking her current position in Europe, Docherty held several leading positions in sales, marketing, and communications around the world. Her career at GM began when she was selected by the automaker for a Sloan Fellowship, preceding her completion of a master’s degree at Stanford University.
Ms. Docherty has served as GM vice president of International Operations Sales, Marketing and Aftersales; GM vice president of U.S. Sales, Service and Marketing, and general manager of Buick-Pontiac-GMC.
“Susan has been a tireless promoter of our company and brands,” said Lee. “We appreciate her dedication and creativity and wish her continued success.”
In the near term, Docherty will continue to work with the Chevrolet and Cadillac teams in Europe to guarantee a smooth transition.
Stay tuned to GM Authority as we learn more about this rather sudden development.