Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has suddenly left the brand, as first reported by Cadillac Society. The executive joined the brand in 2014 and has headed up its operations since then.
Taking de Nysschen’s place will be Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director of GM Canada. As part of his appointment, Carlisle was also named GM Senior Vice President. Replacing Carlisle at GM Canada will be Travis Hester, currently vice president, Global Product Programs.
Carlisle will report to GM President, Dan Ammann, while Hester will report to GM North America president, Alan Batey. All appointments are effective immediately.
de Nysschen did not provide comment for the General Motors announcement, but Ammann said the following of the now-ex Cadillac chief:
We appreciate Johan’s efforts over the last four years in setting a stronger foundation for Cadillac. Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and, beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.
On his appointment to the top role at Cadillac, Carlisle said, “The potential for Cadillac across the globe is incredible and I’m honored to be chosen to be a part of mapping that future. I look forward to building on our current momentum as we continue on our mission to position Cadillac at the pinnacle of luxury.”
Update: de Nysschen has broken his silence and spoke with Bloomberg for a brief phone interview. He told the publication his exit was cordial and there was no single argument that led to the sudden departure. Without going into detail about the matter, he said, “We agree to disagree and we move on. There wasn’t a fight. Let’s call it philosophical differences.”
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