General Motors has announced plans to combine its South America and International Operations departments into GM International. The change will go into effect January 1st, 2018.
The newly-found region will be headed by Barry Engle, who currently serves as GM executive vice president and president of GM South America. GM International Operations (GMIO) is currently headed by Stefan Jacoby, who will retire by the end of 2017. Jacob has led GMIO since August 2013.
When GM South America and GM International are combined, Engle will become GM executive vice president and president of the newly-formed GM International, where he will be overseeing all GM operations outside of North America and China.
He will be responsible to deliver profitable growth in each market in which the company competes. He will be based in Detroit and will report to GM President Dan Ammann.
“We want to thank Stefan for his many contributions over the last four years, and especially for his work over the last several months as he’s led the GM International restructuring efforts. We wish him all the best in his retirement,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Combining the leadership of the two regions supports our efforts to gain efficiencies in global markets.”
Engle joined GM in September 2015, when he took over GM South America from Jaime Ardila. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics, with a minor in Spanish, from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
GM established South America as an operating region in the year following its 2009-2010 bankruptcy. The integration of GM International Operations and GM South America will leave the automaker with the following units:
- GM North America that includes Canada, United States and Mexico,
- GM China that includes mainland China, and
- The newly-established GM International that includes South America and international regions outside China