Batey will be replaced by Barry Engle, who is currently executive vice president and president of GM International. Engle will also retain his current responsibilities with GM South America and will now serve under the role of executive vice president and president of the Americas for GM, with his appointments becoming effective April 1. He will report to GM CEO Mary Barra.
In addition to his current position, Batey also previously served GM vice president, U.S. Sales and Service and interim GM chief marketing officer from 2012 to 2013. He was also the automaker’s vice president of U.S. Sales and Service from 2010 to 2012.
Batey began his career with GM in 1979 and has also held management positions with the automaker in his home country of the United Kingdom along with Switzerland the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Korea and Australia.
GM says Batey “will remain on as an advisor to Engle to assist in a smooth transition.”
“As our company continues to streamline operations, simplify our systems and refine our global go-to-market strategies, I see Barry as the perfect leader to continue our transformation in each of these markets,” Barra said in a statement. “Alan and his team have achieved record financial performance and created a customer-focused foundation, and we greatly appreciate what he has contributed to GM over his almost 40 years of service across the globe.”
GM also announced the appointment of Julian Blissett to the position of senior vice president, International Operations today. Blissett, who currently serves as the executive vice president of GM’s Chinese joint venture GM-SAIC Wuling, will be responsible for GM’s operations outside of the Americas and China. He will also be reporting directly to Barra in the role.