Carlisle will replace current president of GM North America, Barry Engle, who is leaving GM “to pursue leadership opportunities that leverage his broad executive expertise in a variety of industries,” the automaker said in a statement.
Raised in Woodstock, Ontario, Carlisle began his GM career in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Assembly Plant. He eventually rose through GM Canada’s executive ranks and was named president and managing director of GM Canada in 2014. He has also held numerous other roles within the company including managing director of GM Southeast Asia Operations (2007-2010), vice president, U.S. Sales Operations, (2010), vice president and Global Product Planning and Program Management (2010-2014).
“Steve will help us scale the considerable transformation progress we have been making, while at the same time preserving the sufficient autonomy necessary to maintain four distinct vehicle brands,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a prepared statement. “This role will build on Steve’s progressive leadership within GM, particularly over the past two years at Cadillac. This change will also improve the collaboration and decision-making that fuel innovation.”
Barra also credited Engle’s efforts in his departure, saying the 56-year old’s efforts over the past five years “leave (GM) fundamentally better positioned to deliver on the vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”
“Barry has been a strong contributor to our transformation efforts – first in South America, then more broadly across all operations outside North America and China, and ultimately running North America,” she added.
Engle had served as the executive vice president and president of GM North America since November 2019, and as executive vice president and president of GM Americas from April 2019 to October 2019. He held numerous executive positions during his tenure with the company, which began when he took over as executive vice president and president for South America in September of 2015.
With Carlisle out at Cadillac, the automaker’s day-to-day operations will be Rory Harvey, who will serve as the brand’s vice president of sales, service and marketing. Harvey has held numerous executive roles within GM throughout Europe and the Middle East and previously served as the chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors. GM has not yet named a new Cadillac president yet and it seems the automaker will go on without one for now. We’ve reached out to GM for comment on the matter, but had to hear back at the time of publication.