DETROIT -- General Motors said today that it is shaking up its U.S. executive ranks, including moving Chevrolet sales boss Alan Batey into a newly created position as GM’s vice president of sales and service.
The move makes Batey, a 49-year-old Brit who has been Chevy’s vice president of sales and service since spring of 2010, GM’s top U.S. sales executive. He’ll report to Mark Reuss, GM’s president of North America.
The sales chiefs of each of GM’s four brands now will report to Batey, rather than to Reuss.
Don Johnson, 55, who had been U.S. vice president of sales operations, will take Batey’s spot as head of Chevy sales and service. Johnson’s position will be filled by Kurt McNeil, vice president of sales and service for Cadillac. McNeil also will report to Batey.
Hawkins, Peper promoted
Chase Hawkins, 43, regional director of sales and service for Cadillac in the Northeast, has been promoted into McNeil’s spot to oversee Cadillac sales and service nationally.
GM also said that it is promoting Ed Peper, 50, to vice president of U.S. fleet and commercial sales, a position that had been vacant. In January, Peper moved to his job as general manager of GM’s fleet business, after being general sales manager at Cadillac.
The changes take effect June 1, GM said in a statement.
The moves come as GM’s U.S. market share has come under pressure. Its U.S. sales this year are flat compared with the same period last year while its market share has dropped to 17.7 percent in April, from 19.6 percent for all of 2011, according to the Automotive News Data Center.