GM picks Steve Hill to succeed Batey in U.S. sales post

Steve Hill has been at GM since 1983 in a series of sales positions, mostly at Cadillac.
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DETROIT -- General Motors today named Steve Hill as vice president of U.S. sales and service to replace the promoted Alan Batey, the latest move in a broad shuffling of the company's executive ranks triggered by the retirement of CEO Dan Akerson.

Hill, 53, has been vice president of GM's Customer Care and Aftersales division in North America since 2010. That unit oversees vehicle service, parts and other operations in GM's retail network.

Reporting to Hill will be Don Johnson, U.S. sales chiefs for Chevrolet, and Brian Sweeney, sales chief for Buick-GMC. Hill will also oversee GM's U.S. Operations unit, led by Kurt McNeil, and fleet sales, headed by Ed Peper.

Tim Turvey, 51, now executive director of Customer Care and Aftersales sales and marketing, will be promoted to the spot that Hill is vacating.

Both Hill and Turvey will report to Batey, who today takes over as president of GM North America amid a broad shuffling of the company's executive ranks following Akerson's retirement today.

"Both Steve and Tim have proven track records of delivering strong business results and keeping our customers at the center of everything they do," Batey said in an internal GM announcement of the moves.

Batey replaces Mark Reuss, who ran GM North America for the last four years and today became GM's global product chief. Mary Barra succeeds Akerson as CEO. Those moves were announced last month.

Hill has been at GM since 1983 in a series of sales positions, mostly at Cadillac. He also had assignments at Hummer, retail planning and customer relationship management.

GM's U.S. sales grew 7 percent last year, to 2.9 million units. Its market share stayed essentially flat, at 17.9 percent.

GM CFO Chuck Stevens said today that he expects GM to gain "modest" market share in U.S. Retail sales in 2014.

GM also announced Tuesday it would begin paying a quarterly dividend of 30 cents a share -- its first dividend in six years.

You can reach Mike Colias at mcolias@crain.com.


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