Amidst a good year for Cadillac, which is experiencing higher sales gains than any other US brand this year, the US sales chief has been fired over a policy violation, Automotive News reports.
The sales chief, Chase Hawkins, "has left effective immediately," GM spokesman David Caldwell told Automotive News. Caldwell went on to say that Hawkins' replacement would be chosen soon.

Hawkins became the US sales chief in June 2012, and before that was the regional sales director for Cadillac in the Northeast US, overseeing 168 dealerships.

In a brief phone interview, Hawkins told Automotive News that his firing had more to do with a personal issue than a company violation, and he left it at that.


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      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a big deal as the new models have more to do with the increases than anything. Also the report of sales increases by percentage is pretty misleading. Cadillac sales are on a steady climb real number wise and will continue to climb with many new models to come very soon.
      rezore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another exec fired for policy violation? What's the world come to when you can't bill your jacuzzi to the company credit card..!
      James
      • 2 Years Ago
      He is lucky. He should take the opportunity to move out of metro Detroit. Southeastern Michigan is a rat hole populated with undereducated rude people. And, the auto industry is on government welfare. Isn't that something? The Detroit auto industry made a few billion after being handed much more than 50 billion. Magic. Mr Hawkins, relocate to the east coast, or the west coast. You will be glad you did.
        the.fog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        It's hard to take the first part of you comment seriously when your true motivation for posting is revealed in the latter.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        You sound like someone who has never been to SE Michigan. Sure Detroit and Flint are blighted, but the rest of SE Michigan is actually really nice. Two of the best private engineering school in the country, one of the best division 1 universities in the country, home of the Big 3, home of Nissan USA HQ, home of Toyota USA HQ, and some of the best hospitals in the country, etc. Could not support all this if everyone was under educated. I have been to LA, New Jersey, New York City. You might be surprised how similar they are to Detroit.
          PiCASSO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          Nissan Technical Center North America Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) is responsible for blending technology and engineering to create cars that deliver total customer satisfaction. This process involves interaction and cooperation among all technical departments, which results in "total vehicle development." NTCNA has a proving ground facility located on 3,050 acres in Stanfield, Arizona. Arizona's low desert terrain provides NTCNA with an ideal environment to test Nissan vehicles for hot weather, heat durability, engine cooling and air conditioner performance. The NTCNA proving ground also features a 5.7 mile high-speed oval and four individual road courses designed to test vehicle durability, reliability, and ride comfort. NTCNA employs over 575 people and represents an investment of $118.8 million. NTCNA has operations at the following locations: • NTCNA Headquarters–Farmington Hills, MI • Vehicle Performance Development Center–Los Angeles, CA • Nissan North America–Smyrna, TN • Proving Grounds–Stanfield, AZ • Fuel Cell Research–Sacramento, CA Nissan Technical Center North America 39001 Sunrise Drive P.O. Box 9200 Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9200 Phone: (248) 488-4123 Fax: (248) 488-3901
          _I_I_II_I_I_
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          Nissan USA HQ is in Franklin, TN. Best bet is he moves to the South— Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina— where car companies and their employees are enjoying success outside the union labor stronghold.
          _I_I_II_I_I_
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          http://www.nissanusa.com/about/corporate-info
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Policy violation - personal issue: Guy was probably a drunk - Pretty much the norm for the auto industry, especially gigs that are related to sales. Have a good month? DRINK! Have a bad month?....DRINK.
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        @Street King
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          Street King
          • 2 Years Ago
          Nope. DUI's are means for termination in the auto biz.
          imoore
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hookers, eh? Apparently he forgot that, just because she pulls up her skirt doesn't necessarily mean you're supposed to unzip your pants.
      funguy6713
      • 2 Years Ago
      Being married and having an affair with a subordinate that reports to you is a career eliminating move...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @funguy6713
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        GasMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @funguy6713
        Not in most industries. He must have fumbled the coverup.
        hgeorgech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @funguy6713
        It is ? Does this apply also to Congress .. and senior political positions as we??
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hgeorgech
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      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Sales are up, you're outta here."
      bootsnchaps60
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe he slipped and said Caddys looked like overdressed Chevys and Opels.
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      digiboi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shoot someone in the face?
      Michael Walsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did he try to build a Caddy "One Piece At A Time"?
      • 2 Years Ago
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