Wahl will report to Barry Engle, GM's president of the Americas. The marketing heads at Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, OnStar and GM Financial will jointly report to Wahl and the heads of their respective business units, Barra said. Melissa Grady, director of Cadillac media and performance marketing since September, will replace Wahl as Cadillac's CMO.
At Cadillac, Wahl stuck with Publicis Groupe's Rokkan as the luxury brand’s lead creative agency, which held the business before she arrived. GM’s other ad agencies include Interpublic's Commonwealth/McCann for Chevrolet and Leo Burnett Detroit for GMC and Buick.
The executive changes also included moving Travis Hester, 47, president of GM Canada, into a newly created position: global vice president of customer experience. Hester will be responsible for maximizing customer engagement across the company, Barra said in the memo, reporting to both Engle and GM President Mark Reuss, according to a GM Canada statement.
Scott Bell, vice president of sales, service and marketing for GM Canada, will replace Hester as president of GM Canada. Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing since March 2014, will replace Bell.
Bell previously was the director of U.S. sales operations for Chevrolet, where he was responsible for leading the brand’s business planning, incentives strategy, customer experience and training, retail advertising and dealer relations.
Hester has been president and managing director of GM Canada since April 2018. He was at the helm when the automaker announced plans to end vehicle assembly at its Oshawa plant in Ontario. It was a move that led to a protracted battle with Unifor, which represents about 2,600 workers at the facility.
GM subsequently agreed to keep the plant open as a parts operation, which will preserve about 300 of the unionized jobs. He also presided over the Oshawa Transformation Agreement, which details how and when production at the assembly plant will end, as well as the creation of the test track for advanced vehicle testing that is slated to open there. That agreement also outlines enhanced supports for the roughly 2,600 Oshawa Assembly employees who will lose their jobs at the end of 2019.
Santiago Chamorro, vice president of global connected customer experience, will lead a newly formed organization called Global Connected Services, which will focus on business leadership and manage GM's subscription services business.
Ad Age and Automotive News Canada contributed to this report.