Susan Docherty is leaving General Motors. The versatile executive is currently installed as the president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac in Europe, but has announced her retirement effective September 30th. Docherty has been with GM for over 27 years.

Long seen as a key executive within GM – and one of the top female executives in the industry – Docherty has been in various sales and marketing, service and communications posts with GM in the US, Europe and Asia. Those past positions include being GM's vice president of US Marketing, and previous to that, she served as general manager of The General's Buick-Pontiac-GMC channel. Presently based in Zurich, Switzerland, Docherty was also tasked with being on the GM Korea Board of Directors.

Post-GM, Docherty says she will "take a break, invest time in my family and chart a new course for my career," though she isn't letting on what that new trajectory may be, automotive or otherwise. Her successor has not yet been named.
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Susan Docherty announces intention to leave GM

2013-06-21
ZURICH – Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, has announced her intention to leave General Motors to spend time with her family, effective September 30. A successor for Docherty will be named at a later date.

"With more than 27 years of GM service, Susan has been instrumental in many of our sales and marketing initiatives," said GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing, and President, International Operations Tim Lee. "She has helped build the equity of our brands and reach our customers in new and innovative ways."

In her current role, Docherty initiated a restructuring of the business while growing Chevrolet's market share in 2012 in a challenging European market. In addition, she has been a guiding force in helping the company redefine the positioning of the Chevrolet brand in GM International Operations.

"After almost three decades at this great company, working at an incredible pace in markets around the world, I've decided to take a break, invest time in my family and chart a new course for my career," said Docherty. "I leave with incredible memories and valued friendships with high hopes for GM's continued success."

Before moving to Europe, Docherty held many key positions in sales, service, marketing and communications around the globe. Among her earlier positions, she served as GM vice president of International Operations Sales, Marketing and Aftersales; GM vice president of U.S. Sales, Service and Marketing, and general manager of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. Docherty was selected by GM for a Sloan Fellowship and completed her master's degree at Stanford University.

"Susan has been a tireless promoter of our company and brands," said Lee. "We appreciate her dedication and creativity and wish her continued success."

Docherty will continue to work with the Chevrolet and Cadillac team in Europe in the near term to ensure a smooth transition.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is the world's fourth-largest car brand with annual sales of almost 5 million cars and trucks in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality and Chevrolet MyLink intelligent connectivity. Its European lineup includes the Spark and Aveo city cars, the Trax small SUV, the compact Cruze, the Orlando family van, the Captiva compact SUV, the Malibu mid-size sedan, the legendary Camaro and Corvette sports cars and the extended-range Volt electric car. For more information visit chevroleteurope.com or media.chevroleteurope.com.


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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had to laugh. I used to work for the Walt Disney Corporation, and whenever a corporate shakeup happened there would be a flurry of memos about various of high-ranking executives who had suddenly decided to "spend more time with the family."
      csrecord
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's her golden parachute look like?
        dkelmstra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        I assure you MILLIONS while GM still owes US taxpayers BILLIONS!!!
      obloodyblada
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, on the front page, AOL has a picture of FORD vehicles with the headline "GM loses key executive." Honestly, it gets worse every day.
      BlackandMild
      • 1 Year Ago
      The guy who designed the new vehicle GM calls Corvette Stingray and the forthcoming Z28, needs to follow her out the door as well- And I could care less who or for what reason I get down votes-
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BlackandMild
        I believe you mean "I couldn't care less."
      markruck
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. Now she'll be allowed to drive a decent car.
      Kenwood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally! I thought she would have been culled during the bankruptcy but she disappeared to China and then to Europe. While she may have been be the hottest GM exec (sorry Bob), hearing her speak was like listening to pre-packaged, mass-produced corporate speak ala a Dilbert cartoon. Also, some of her ideas were straight out of an episode of The Office. For a high-powered executive of one of the largest international companies she had some really lame product and sales ideas. I've honestly been more impressed with ideas from 13 year old geeky 8th graders.
        manure
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenwood
        As some who works in corporations around the USA, GM managers seem to have a special language. A weird Dilbert sounding frappe of sugary fluff. It's language _about_ learning to be an executive who might someday run something. It's as if they know they're not running a real business, but want to sound like they are.
          dukeisduke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @manure
          Yeah, I'm gonna vomit if I have to hear the word "processees" again. Do they go to a special class to learn this gobbledygook?
        Billy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenwood
        All the Toyota fans have come together to say thank you for being impressed
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      super MILF. smart too.
      godug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just another affirmative action disaster.
        Heymickr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @godug
        Yeah, and they put her in that dead end job called moving up through the ranks for 27 years. If you've done better then complain about her.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @godug
        Seeing that white males also benefit from affirmative action shows how much your dumb ignorant ass knows.
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      dlrllynn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, I am not surprised. The don't Build Excitement anymore. They don't really build anything THAT exciting. Greedy Motors.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dlrllynn
        so the ATS, C7 Corvette, Camaro Z28, SS, ZL1, C6 ZR1 are all boring?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
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          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
          All but one is six figure territory. How about Malibu, Impala? I think he was referring to cars the average person can afford. IN that case, GM wins the boring award. The ATS is a nice car if you stay away from the base models. New Corvette has awesome specs but styling that can be improved, esp in the rear. Z28 is a highly specialized, limited production model that will crest six figures to get it out the door. The SS will be a flop and proof axing Pontiac was a mistake, plus its overpriced and overweight. ZL1, nice car but money. C6 ZR1, again nice specs but interior designed by Tupperware and seats by milkcrate.com
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not saying she's unattractive but you guys might want to look into this thing called "photoshop". Lots and lots (and lots more) of that going on here. You may not even recognize her in person. And for the record, that goes for most execs. The pics you see generally aren't some random shot caught in their backyard. These are big money, professional photographs that are extensively worked over.
        Adil
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yes she is, thats the first thing I had in mind. Been with GM for 27 Years, must be at least 45.
        Billy
        • 1 Year Ago
        ask her out, but first , impress her and buy a new GM car :)-
          mchica
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Billy
          Why buy? Just rent one like everybody else.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Separately--I saw her live once and she was extremely unimpressive. She gave robotic and borderline dishonest answers about GM's use of incentives. It was the kind of performance that infuriates journalists and does nothing to convince the pubic. Apparently I'm not the only one who has this impression: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/was-susan-docherty-publicly-humiliated-because-shes-a-woman/ I'm sure she is smart and ambitious (she wouldn't have risen that far otherwise), and I'm sure she's had to endure lots of the MILF-style comments like the ones here, but that doesn't cover for the fact that she has a poor track record and a dismal public persona.
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