Cadillac has a new chief executive in Steve Carlisle, formerly president and managing director of GM Canada, after GM ousted Johan de Nysschen. But, who is Carlisle, the man who will now oversee the luxury brand’s attempted rebirth?
Automotive News dug into Carlisle’s professional career to provide a snapshot of the executive. With the move, GM appears to be making an attempt to bring Cadillac closer into its radius after four years of distancing. Carlisle, age 55, has spent 36 years with GM and has helped GM Canada make a turnaround. He will be Cadillac’s seventh top executive since 2004.
He took over GM Canada in 2014, and since then, he’s led the unit through two labor negotiations, a massive lawsuit from dealerships, and sales rose 15 percent from 2015 to 2017 under his watch. Carlisle also created a better working relationship with GM’s dealers.
Carlisle also happens to echo GM’s upper management on mobility and future technology. He’s championed efforts in Canada and highlighted Canadia engineers’ role in developing the 2018 Cadillac CT6‘s Super Cruise system.
Now, Carlisle will face a shaken dealer network that was not expecting the sudden shift in management. He’s scheduled to have a phone meeting with dealerships this week.