General Motors Thailand Managing Director, Wail A. Farghaly, has left his position to pursue new opportunities. In turn, GM has shuffled its Taiwanese executive deck and named Sumito Ishii interim managing director of Thailand.
Ishii is currently the managing director of GM Vietnam and his duties will now expand to Thailand. GM was keen to state Ishii’s role is not permanent and a replacement for Farghaly will be announced at a later date.
“When leadership changes occur, our priority is always to ensure a smooth and efficient business transition,” said Stefan Jacoby, GM Executive Vice President and President, GM International. “Ishii has the right experience and knowledge of our operations to step in immediately. With our Southeast Asian strategy focused on trucks and SUVs, we are confident that Ishii will drive further business success in Thailand, as he has done in Vietnam.”
Ishii has been with GM since 1996 after leaving Toyota. From 1998 to 2003, Ishii was on new product development teams in GM North America. Before heading to Vietnam, Ishii returned to Japan to lead GM Japan for years.
Thailand has been a booming market for GM. The success of the Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Trailblazer has opened up to sales opportunities for the automaker and it has no signs of slowing down just yet.