Vauxhall has a new chief. PSA Groupe announced Stephen Norman will lead the Vauxhall brand and Opel’s Irish unit. Norman was most recently the Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for PSA.
His appointment comes just days after Vauxhall announced it would slash another 250 jobs from the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire. The 250 redundancies come after last year’s 400 job cuts in an effort to make the plant more efficient. Norman will face two major tasks at Vauxhall: the decision to keep the Ellesmere Port plant operational and deal with diminishing sales across the United Kingdom. The UK has long been Opel-Vauxhall’s largest market.
Rory Harvey, appointed to the role under General Motors ownership, has led Vauxhall in recent years since 2015 but Norman will move into his new position on February 1, 2018.