General Motors is changing the top guard at its British subsidiary. Tim Tozer (above), who had served as chairman and managing director of the Vauxhall brand and as CEO of Opel's division in Ireland, has stepped down with immediate effect. In his place, the company has named Rory Harvey to the posts.

Harvey is a 47-year-old British executive with a history at GM that dates to 1989. A mechanical engineer schooled in Coventry, he previously served as national sales manager for Vauxhall before taking responsibility for Opel sales for all of Europe. Before that he was responsible for the Chevy brand in the UK before that was shut down in favor of concentrating on Opel (in Europe) and Vauxhall (in the UK).

He replaces Tozer, who only assumed the role in February 2014. No reason was given for his immediate departure, however, the automaker says in the statement below that Tozer has "decided to leave the company and pursue his career outside of General Motors."
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RORY HARVEY APPOINTED CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF VAUXHALL MOTORS AND CEO OPEL IRELAND

Luton – Rory Harvey (47) has been appointed to the position of Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO Opel Ireland. He succeeds Tim Tozer who has decided to leave the company and pursue his career outside of General Motors.

Rory Harvey has wide experience within GM's European operations, working in several areas of Sales and Aftersales. In his recent position, he was Executive Director Sales, Opel Europe, based at the Opel headquarters in Ruesselsheim, Germany.

Rory Harvey is a British national and joined the company in 1989. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University. Rory Harvey will report to Peter Kuespert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales and Member of the Board Opel Group.

Peter Kuespert said: 'Rory has a profound knowledge of the British car market, a wealth of experience within Vauxhall and Opel and excellent management qualities. We look forward to working with Rory on the implementation of our model offensive and on building an even stronger Vauxhall brand. At the same time, I would like to thank Tim for the great commitment he showed towards our brand. We are grateful for his hard work and wish him all the best for the future."



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