• Dec 9, 2009


In yet another "that didn't take long" moment from General Motors, Chevrolet's vice president, Brent Dewar, has retired after being appointed in July by recently-ousted CEO Fritz Henderson.

GM's vice president of Sales, Service and Marketing, Susan Docherty, made the announcement late today, with Dewar being replaced by Jim Campbell, the General's former Fleet and Commercial Operations manager, effective immediately.

Unlike the recent push to find an outsider to fill Fritz' vacancy, Campbell, 45, has been with the automaker since 1988 -- effectively making him another GM-lifer. Let's hope Campbell serves a longer stint as vice president than his predecessor -- a total of five months. Press release after the break.

PRESS RELEASE

Campbell named General Manager - Chevrolet

Detroit - Susan Docherty, GM vice president Sales, Service and Marketing announced today that James M. Campbell, 45, has been named general manager - Chevrolet, effective immediately. In his previous assignment, Campbell was responsible for GM's Fleet and Commercial Operations.

"Jim has a strong track record of building relationships and partnerships with dealers and customers, and deep Chevrolet experience," Docherty said. "His energy, drive for results and willingness to take risks are great assets for leading the growing global Chevrolet brand."

Before running GM's Fleet and Commercial Operations, Campbell held various positions in field sales, retail incentives, marketing and customer relationship management. He has played important roles in many product launches including the Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo, Colorado and Corvette.

Campbell, who joined GM in 1988, replaces Brent Dewar, previously vice president global Chevrolet. Dewar has elected to retire effective April 1, 2010 to dedicate more time to his family and to pursue personal interests. Until then, Dewar will work closely with Campbell to ensure a smooth transition at Chevrolet and also will be on a special assignment supporting Mark Reuss, GM president North America, in his new role.

"During his 31 years with GM, Brent made a difference in multiple assignments, including key roles in Brazil and Europe, launching the award-winning American Revolution campaign and applying his environmental passion to drive the very successful gas-friendly to gas-free marketing strategy," Docherty said. "We respect his decision to retire early next year to spend more time with his family, and want to thank him for all his contributions. He will be missed."


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      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to call Molly Maid because they be CLEANIN' house.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heads will roll1 And they still are...

      Apparently Michael D Richards was hired by Fritz Henderson on Dec 1 as head of the Buick and GMC brands replacing Susan Docherty. He abruptly resigned after only 8 days in office.

      GM’s Buick-GMC Chief Said to Leave Eight Days After Being Hired
      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aKDD79yRhPEU&pos=5

        • 5 Years Ago
        More details on Michael Richards:

        Richards, who departed "to pursue other career opportunities," was most recently vice president of marketing and sales for the global automotive business at Trilogy, based in Austin, Texas.

        Trilogy made a strong counteroffer to keep Richards, and he was said to be considering that offer in light of Friday's management shakeup engineered by Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre, according to a source familiar with the situation.

        http://www.detnews.com/article/20091210/AUTO01/912100461/1361/Buick-GMC-general-manager-quits-after-nine-days
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tax dollars at work, shuffling one CEO who doesn't know what they're doing for another, and screwing the consumer for 30 years. Good job!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        Shut up troll. You deserve an Obama award for your stupidity.
      Candace Dugan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was in a discussion with a "supervisor" at the customer care center, and was told that Brent Dewar was the acting general manager. According to what I have just looked up on the internet at a chevrolet site, it is James Campbell///?????
      • 5 Years Ago
      So GM's "Kramer" is out after only 8 days...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      And the GM upper management demographic continues.

      They make me sick to my stomach.

      My money will not go to this company until they learn to diversify.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're focused on simple *race*, Venom, but what you should be concerned about is why they all have the same fakking haircut.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex,

        Trust me I went through all of their senior management profiles.
        They don't even meet the bare minimum levels of diversity.
        It is downright pathetic.
        They refuse to change with the rest of the world so maybe everyone else is right and we should have let them die.
        I don't consider their senior level women part of the diversity, go through their profiles and see if you can guess why.

        This is a company based in Metro Detroit which has a high population of Indians, Arabs and Hispanics (specifically Mexican), yet for some reason they can't seem to find any of these people for senior management positions?

        The positions of Young, Wellburn and Williams seem more like an afterthought and an attempt to fool people into believing that they are diverse when they are really not.

        They need my money and not the other way around so oh well...

        Good luck with that GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your kidding right? So I guess by tossing in a black guy the company will magically turn around, wow. Your really showing some intelligence there buddy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex,

        I only live in Michigan.
        I think I know the composition of the state, especially the Metro Detroit and surrounding areas.
        There is quite a significant amount of all the races that I mentioned that live in the area and work for the automotive companies.
        Please don't attempt to try to diminish it using percentages.
        We can manipulate percentages all day.

        Young, Wellburn and Williams are the equivalent of the black friend of the guy that says;

        " I am not a racist, I have black friends and points to the one black guy that they hang out with and have come to parties"

        I do appreciate you discussing this civilly though.

        I do not speak for everyone and it is your choice to buy a vehicle from them or not. I personally am offended by GM and their management choices, especially in light of the fact that they took a significant amount of money from all the people in this country to stay afloat and based on the current composition of their senior management and board, I choose not to buy any of their vehicles.

        • 5 Years Ago
        metro detroit does not have high populations of indians arabs and hispanics. i don't know where you're getting that. metro detroit is about 75% white, 20% black... sure there's a good mexican population in SW detroit, and yes dearborn has a lot of arabs.... but in terms of the entire metro population both of those ethnic groups are quite small. (like less than 2%)

        and i'm not sure how you think that the head of global design and cfo were an afterthought... those are two very important positions.

        i'm not trying to defend GM or say they're the most diverse company... but you are sure trying to paint a bleaker picture than reality
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you think that Wellburn is an "afterthought" after what he has done with GM design then you are hopeless. I'm not even a GM fan and I can see that. What you need to be is color blind and judge each executive on what they have done. Something someone said about the content of their character and not the color of their skin (or their sexual organs).
      • 5 Years Ago
      General Motors is going to need a bus with greater ground clearance if this keeps up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least they haven't started committing suicide yet! (knocks on wood)



      ...or is this press-board...
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