DETROIT -- Longtime General Motors sales executive Pete Gerosa is retiring from the automaker Sept. 1. But Gerosa insists he's not planning to leave the industry.
"I am not going to stop working," Gerosa, 64, told Automotive News. "It will probably have something to do with the car business."
In March, Gerosa was succeeded as vice president of GM's North American field sales, service and parts by Brent Dewar.
Since then, Gerosa has had the special assignment of reorganizing GM's field operations.
Gerosa joined GM in 1964 He says he moved 17 times in 35 years, transferring among various GM brand zone offices.
"They told you on Friday to be someplace on Monday, and we went," he says.
Gerosa's GM legacy includes developing executive talent -- including Mark LaNeve, GM's vice president of North American sales, service and marketing.
"Pete was all about moving the iron and keeping the organization focused on that goal," LaNeve says. "And Pete is really good at motivating dealer sales teams and dealers themselves."
Gerosa says one of his primary tasks was promoting the importance of GM's dealer network as a vital part of the company's overall well-being. He says GM faces the continuing challenge of right-sizing that network.
"That is an issue being worked on every day," Gerosa says. "We are on the right track."
As he moves on, he says he will make one change in his mornings.
"I am not going to have 7 o'clock meetings in my new job," Gerosa says. "I don't know what it is going to be, but it is not going to be 7 o'clock."
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