GM's execs swap jobs

Musical chairs at GM
Fritz Henderson, 43
New Job: Group vice president, president of GM Asia Pacific
Old Job: Group vice president, president of GM Latin America, Africa, Mid-East
Comment: Replaces Rudy Schlais, who retires May 1. Henderson and Schlais will work together until then. Maureen Kempston Darkes, 53
New Job: Group vice president, president of GM Latin America, Africa, Mid-East
Old Job: Vice president, president of GM of Canada Ltd.
Comment: Replaces Henderson. Reports to CEO Rick Wagoner. Kempston Darkes becomes the highest-ranking woman at GM and joins GM's automotive strategy board. Michael Grimaldi, 49
New Job: President, GM of Canada Ltd.
Old Job: Vice president and general manager of field sales, service and parts for North America
Comment: Replaces Kempston Darkes as president of GM Canada. Reports to Gary Cowger, group vice president and president of GM North America. John Smith, 50
New Job: Vice president of sales, service and parts for North America
Old Job: Vice president of service parts operations for North America
Comment: Replaces Grimaldi and reports to Bill Lovejoy, group vice president of North American vehicle sales, service and marketing. Smith's replacement has not been named.

John Smith will become vice president of sales, service and parts at General Motors as one of several job changes that take effect Jan. 1.

The move puts Smith, who had been vice president of service parts operations, in position to eventually succeed Bill Lovejoy, group vice president of North American vehicle sales, service and marketing. Lovejoy, 61, is expected to retire in the next year or two.

Earlier, as Cadillac's general manager, Smith played a major role in developing the division's art and science theme. Smith also was responsible for downsizing Cadillac's dealer network.

Smith also spent part of his 33-year GM career in the treasurer's office in New York, an experience he has in common with CEO Rick Wagoner and chairman Jack Smith to whom he is not related.

The latest personnel changes were triggered by the upcoming retirement of Rudy Schlais, 61-year-old group vice president of GM and president of GM Asia Pacific.John Smith replaces Michael Grimaldi, who replaces Maureen Kempston Darkes's job as president of GM of Canada Ltd.

Kempston Darkes replaces Frederick "Fritz" Henderson as president of GM Latin America, Africa, Mid-East. She also becomes a group vice president and a member of the automotive strategy board, which makes Kempston Darkes the highest-ranking female at GM.

Henderson will take over for Rudy Schlais when Schlais retires May 1. Henderson, who joined GM in 1984 as a senior analyst in the treasurer's office in New York, will work alongside Schlais until then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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