Gerry Dorizas‘ sudden departure certainly didn’t help Holden‘s state of the union, but General Motors has been rallying to find a successor. Currently the chatter has been pointing towards GM Shanghai boss Mark Bernhard.
News.com.au reports that GM has selected four candidates for the position, with Bernhard possibly being in the lead. He’s also Australian − something that the brand hasn’t had in a leader in more than 25 years. Bernhard is actually a former Holden employee, previously working as the automaker’s chief financial officer before being promoted vice-president and chief financial officer to GM Shanghai.
“He’s a finance guy with an incredible knowledge of the Holden business but who also has a strong focus on sales,” said an unnamed senior General Motors executive.
Regarding the speculation on Bernhard’s promotion, Holden would not comment but indicated an official announcement about the new boss is not due until towards the end of 2014.