General Motors has just appointed Jaclyn McQuaid as the new President and Managing Director of GM Europe, tasking her with leading the implementation of the carmaker’s new mobility start-up business in the old continent.
Jaclyn McQuaid’s appointment as the new President and Managing Director of GM Europe is effective immediately, beginning her new role on November 1st at the company’s European headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. McQuaid, previously Executive Chief Engineer for Full Size Trucks at GM North America, replaces Mahmoud Samara, who has left GM for family reasons, in GM’s top leadership role in Europe.
“Jaclyn McQuaid comes to this important leadership role, having played an integral part in the development of many of our most successful products,” said GM Senior Vice President and President GM International, Shilpan Amin. “Throughout her 22-year career at GM, Jaclyn has demonstrated a laser focus on the needs of our customers and has a proven track record of successfully leading global vehicle programs providing her also insights into the European markets – key attributes that will be critical to our success in disrupting mobility in the region,” he added.
Since Samara’s appointment in November 2021, GM has significantly expanded its operations in Europe and is preparing to launch a new non-traditional start-up on that continent with a portfolio of fully electric vehicles at its core, as part of the ambitious overall strategy for future growth. Indeed, GM Europe has expanded its technology and customer-focused teams, announced a UK-based Design Center and continued to expand its IT innovation center in Ireland.
As such, Jaclyn McQuaid will be newly responsible for continuing the transformation of GM’s European operations and comes to that position after helping the manufacturer achieve and retain the top retail market share position in the highly competitive full-size truck segment in the United States. From now on, her goal is to implement GM’s new business strategy in Europe focused on zero-emission vehicles.
“European customers are switching to electric vehicles at a faster rate than anywhere in the world, and GM is investing $35 billion through 2025 in electric and autonomous vehicle technology to be a major driver of our industry’s transformation,” said Jaclyn McQuaid. “Our flexible Ultium battery platform and the breadth and depth of our EV portfolio enable GM to offer customers in Europe a variety of products and services to support their lifestyles while also contributing to a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” she finished.