Brown's responsibilities will be assumed by Holland, who was promoted to associate director of public relations, and Steve Younan, who was promoted to director of marketing, product planning and sales training.
Brown's departure follows a 17 percent sales increase for the brand in October, its first monthly sales gain since early 2008. Suzuki sales are down 46 percent through the first 10 months of 2010 from the year-ago period.
“I think everybody in a senior role has a unique value that they bring to the equation, and one of the arts is to recognize when you've succeeded in adding that value and when you need to make room to let others add to the party,” Brown said.
“I think the people who are succeeding me in their various roles will do that and hopefully carry Suzuki to continued gains building on what they achieved in October.”
Brown said he will be taking a marketing position at another company in the automotive industry. He declined to name his new employer but said an announcement will be made in the coming weeks.
Suzuki also promoted Chris Coons, the longtime manager for sales programs and field operations, to senior manager of sales planning and sales programs. The position is now the top sales post at American Suzuki.
Holland characterized the reorganization as a “flattening” of the brand's U.S. management structure.