Susan Docherty, GM's former U.S. sales and marketing boss who transferred to China in June 2010, has been appointed head of GM's Chevrolet Europe division, effective Jan. 1.
Docherty, 49, will succeed Wayne Brannon, who is retiring after 38 years with GM.
Docherty will oversee the growth of Chevrolet and Cadillac in western and central Europe, GM said today.
Currently head of GM's international sales and marketing operations, Docherty has held various sales and marketing roles with GM, including general manager of Hummer and marketing director for Cadillac.
She was named to her current post after a six-month stint heading U.S. sales and marketing. She was moved to the international post when GM hired Joel Ewanick for that job. Ewanick was hired away from Hyundai Motor America.
A native of Canada, Docherty has also had marketing roles at GM's offices in Zurich, Switzerland, and Ruesselsheim, Germany.
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GM said it will announce a successor for Docherty's current role at a later date.
Detroit-born Brannon, 56, began his career with GM at Cadillac in 1973. Under his five-year leadership, Chevrolet doubled its Europe sales volume, selling 380,000 vehicles in its European markets in the first three quarters.
Chevrolet Europe's sales accounted for 11.3 percent of global Chevrolet sales in 2010.