Perry, 50, who spent 10 years at Hyundai in various positions, has left the Korean automaker effective immediately. Hyundai isn't yet prepared to name a successor to Perry, though we expect to hear something in the next couple weeks. Ewanick sounds pretty excited to have Perry working for him again, saying in the post-jump press release that Perry has a "unique ability to integrate strategic and creative marketing activities across all communications disciplines to reconnect consumers to the Chevrolet brand."
With Perry entering the fold at Chevy, someone had to move out, and that person is Jim Campbell. But while Campbell didn't get much of a chance at Chevy, he may have gotten a far more exciting job as he has been named vice president of GM's performance vehicles and motorsports unit. That doesn't sound like a demotion – or a bad gig – in our estimation.
[Sources: General Motors, Automotive News – sub. req.]
"Chris brings 25 years of marketing experience – more than 20 years in the automotive industry - to the Chevrolet marketing position," Ewanick said. "I have worked with Chris in the past and know he will use his unique ability to integrate strategic and creative marketing activities across all communications disciplines to reconnect consumers to the Chevrolet brand."
Perry, 50, joined Hyundai in 2000 as the head of brand planning. While at Hyundai, he progressed through a variety of brand, marketing and advertising positions, before being named vice president, marketing communications in April, 2010.
Prior to joining Hyundai, Perry spent nearly 10 years at American Isuzu Motors, where he held a variety of marketing and advertising positions.
Perry replaces Jim Campbell, who is named vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. In his new assignment, Campbell will be responsible for integrating the engineering and marketing of performance versions of current production models, as well as all motorsports activities.
Before serving as vice president, Chevrolet marketing, Campbell, 46, led GM's Fleet and Commercial Operations. Prior to Fleet and Commercial, he held various positions in field sales, retail incentives, marketing and customer relationship management. He has broad experience with performance vehicles like Corvette and Camaro and has worked extensively across a variety of race series, including NASCAR, American Lemans Series and Grand Am Road Racing.
Campbell will report to Mark Reuss, president, GM North America, and Tom Stephens, vice chairman, Global Product Operations. Perry will report to Ewanick.