For the third time in two months, General Motors has a new Buick/GMC general manager, this time hiring longtime employee Brian Sweeney to the high-profile post. Sweeney gets the job one week after Michael RIchards quit after just nine days on the job.
Sweeney gets the general manager post after spending a year and a half as general sales manager of Buick GMC. GM Sales Service and Marketing VP Susan Docherty said in a press release that Sweeney "consolidated 13 different agencies to one dedicated partner to drive a consistent brand message, led the dealer network through a difficult transition and has earned a reputation for tirelessly driving results that benefit consumers." That sounds like a lot of work to us. Here's to hoping this Sweeney guy lasts a lot longer than the last guy.
Sweeney's old job goes to 25 year GM vet Jennifer Costabile. The 25 year GM employee is coming off assignment as regional sales and marketing manager for Cadillac in GM's Southeast Region. Hit the jump to read the GM press release.
Susan E. Docherty, GM vice president of Sales, Service and Marketing, today named Brian K. Sweeney general manager of Buick GMC, effective immediately. Sweeney had been general sales manager of Buick GMC since June 2008.
"Brian has played a pivotal role in strengthening the Buick and GMC brands through his work with our dealers and marketing activities," Docherty said. "He consolidated 13 different agencies to one dedicated partner to drive a consistent brand message, led the dealer network through a difficult transition and has earned a reputation for tirelessly driving results that benefit consumers."
Sweeney, 42, joined GM in 1990 as a district sales manager for GMC. He has held numerous sales and marketing leadership positions, including regional management positions in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit. While he has dedicated most of his career to Buick, Pontiac and GMC, he also has experience at Cadillac, Saab and Chevrolet.
Docherty also named Jennifer Costabile general sales manager of Buick GMC. She succeeds Sweeney effective immediately. Costabile, 47 was regional sales and marketing manager – Cadillac in GM's Southeast Region since November 2008. She will report to Sweeney.
Costabile has been with General Motors for 25 years. She has spent her career predominantly in the field, working with dealers across the United States. She has served in a variety of roles, focusing on sales, service and parts, improving dealer relations, productivity and marketing effectiveness, and developing the overall dealer network.