• May 21st 2009 at 4:57PM
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Mark McNabb, the general marshaling the forces of General Motors' premium channel – Cadillac, Hummer, and Saab – is leaving the company in 10 days "to pursue other job opportunities."
Only 13 months into his stint, McNabb has presumably spent most of his time trying to figure out how to help his company get rid of two of his three brands, something that likely hasn't built much confidence for McNabb in terms of job security. In addition to uncertainty about what the future holds for the premium channel (Cadillac and GM itself), we suspect that the job's responsibilities are ultimately probably not what he he had in mind.

McNabb came to GM after a second stint at Nissan – he had actually been with both Nissan and Infiniti for 20 years, before he jumped off to join Mercedes-Benz in 2005 as head of marketing. After moving over to become head of Benz sales, he returned to Nissan the summer of 2007.

There is no official word yet on where McNabb is headed or who will be his permanant replacement, but in the meantime, Stephen J. Hill, currently the general sales manager of the premium channel, will take over in the interim. Said a Cadillac spokesman, there has been "a lot of positive change here" under McNabb, "and we have a lot of product in the pipeline and so we're well positioned for the future."

[Source: Automotive News, sub req'd]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      "to pursue other job opportunities" is HR-speak for "He got sacked."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now off to Kia or Hyundai for a few months.
      • 6 Years Ago
      um... how do you ride a dead horse???? He ate the good flesh he could rip off and then ran off with the other Hyenas...
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh well
        • 6 Years Ago
        "To pursue other opportunities" like swimming away from a sinking ship... Smart guy.

        Detroit RIP
      • 6 Years Ago
      He's an old white guy. Time to retire, get the flock out, and go fish.
      Take the money and run like hell. This dog won't hunt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Swim dude! Swim!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Iceberg dead ahead!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can see why he jumped ship. Products. Since Hummer and Saab are up for grabs and the new Cadillacs in the pipeline will simply be rebadged cars built on front drive platforms, that leaves only the CTS. Those rebadged BLS models which failed badly in Europe just show that in the premium market in Europe, rebadging simply does not work. The RWD Alpha so sorely needed, with a cross over BRX/ H3 Hummer, and a new restyled Escalade built on Sigma, and that stretched SLS that the Chinese get, could replace the DTS, get rid of a platform, and would have all made much more sense in the global market. BMW's bread and butter 3 series has been a terrific seller and now the General is saying that the Alpha can't be done. I'd leave too.
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