General Motors has reorganized a handful of its executives following the announcement that Mario Spangenberg, currently president and managing director of GM Africa and Middle East operations, will retire on July 1 after 38 years in the industry. He spent 15 years with GM.
Succeeding him will be John P. Roth, currently vice president, GM Canada Marketing, Sales and Service. Roth has been with GM since 1991 and held a series of sales and marketing positions with Cadillac, Hummer and Saab.
As Roth transitions out of his Canadian leadership role to the Middle East and Africa, Scott Bell, currently director of Sales Operations for Chevrolet in the U.S., will replace him. Bell will be responsible for marketing, sales and service across all four GM brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.
Roth will report directly to Alan Batey, GM executive vice president, president of GM North America and head of GM Africa and Middle East operations and Global Chevrolet, and Bell will report to Steve Carlisle, president and managing director of GM Canada.
Speaking of Spangenberg’s retirement, Batey said, “Mario has been a key contributor to GM’s global success, and is leaving behind a solid foundation in Africa and the Middle East for the team to build on. We thank Mario for his service and wish him and his family well in this next chapter of their lives.”