That executive is Stephen K. Carlisle, whose long career at GM started when he was still a student in 1982. He's since risen up through the ranks to serve from 2010 until now as Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management, previously overseeing regional operations in Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and for the US market.
In his new capacity as president and managing director of GM Canada, Carlisle succeeds Kevin W. Williams, who will retire at the end of the year after a career with The General that's almost as long as as his successor.
Carlisle will report directly to Alan Batey, president of GM North America.
Kevin W. Williams to Retire After 31 years with GM
OSHAWA, ON, November 20, 2014 - Stephen K. Carlisle has been named president and managing director of GM Canada succeeding Kevin W. Williams, who has led GM Canada since 2010. Williams will assist in the transition through the end of the year.
Williams has elected to retire from General Motors, effective December 31, 2014. Williams joined GM in 1983, holding progressively more senior roles in manufacturing, supplier quality and development, purchasing and service and parts operations in multiple locations around the globe including Canada, Mexico, Germany, and the United States. Immediately prior to his Canadian assignment, Williams served as vice president and general manager, Service and Parts Operations where he led all GM's global aftersales businesses. Williams also served as president and managing director of GM de Mexico; GM North America vice president of Quality and Global Quality Process Leader; and global executive director, Supplier Quality, Development and Supplier Diversity.
"I'd like to thank Kevin for his leadership and significant contributions throughout a long and distinguished career with GM," said Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors Company. "In his most recent assignment, Kevin helped rebuild GM Canada after one of our most challenging periods and has established a solid foundation for growth into the future."
In his new role, Carlisle will report to Alan Batey, president, GM North America, General Motors Company. Carlisle most recently served as the vice president of global product planning and program management based in the United States, and previously, held positions as vice president, U.S. sales operations, responsible for dealer network, retail sales support and fleet & commercial; as well as president and managing director, GM South East Asia Operations in addition to leadership positions in Singapore and China.
"I'm honoured to have the opportunity to return to Canada and build on the winning foundation established by Kevin and the team over the past four years," said Carlisle. "Having worked intensely on GM's world-leading new products and technology strategies, I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and product focus to Canada. I look forward to working with our employees, dealers and other key stakeholders to continue to build an organization that puts the customer at the centre of everything we do."
Stephen K. Carlisle
President and Managing Director
General Motors of Canada Limited
Stephen K. Carlisle was appointed President and Managing Director of GM Canada, Ltd. on November 20, 2014.
Carlisle served as GM Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management since June 2010. He previously served as Vice President of US Sales Operations. He also served as the President and Managing Director, Southeast Asia Operations from 2007 through 2010.
Prior assignments included Vice President of GM Asia Pacific in charge of Product Planning and Program Management, a position he held since 2002; and progressively more senior roles in Planning and Program Management leading to Executive Director of Program Management for GM North America in 2001.
Carlisle began his GM career as a co-op student in industrial engineering at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre in 1982. His first full-time assignment was in advanced manufacturing engineering, also in Oshawa starting in 1986. Subsequently, he held positions in materials management before moving to the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM group in Warren, Michigan in 1991 on a special assignment focused on product simplification.
Carlisle also had an assignment in advanced product engineering before being appointed Director of the GM Decision Support Center in 1995. In 1996, he was appointed program planning director for the Midsize Truck Vehicle Line Executive team, located in Pontiac, Michigan. He was appointed assistant planning director for the GM Truck Group in 1997. He was appointed group director of planning for the Truck Group in 1999.
Carlisle was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1962. He received a bachelor of applied science degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1986. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.