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GM Canada gets a new president

Stephen Carlisle takes the helm from Kevin Williams who retires after 31 years with GM

Published: November 20, 2014, 3:20 PM
Updated: November 22, 2014, 8:37 PM

Stephen Caldwell, president and managing director, GM of Canada

Stephen K. Carlisle is the new president and managing director of General Motors of Canada, succeeding Kevin Williams, who has held the position since 2010.

Williams who will assist in the transition through the end of the year will retire on December 31, 2014, after 31 years with GM.

"In his most recent assignment, Kevin helped rebuild GM Canada after one of our most challenging periods and has established a solid foundation for growth into the future," said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. "I'd like to thank Kevin for his leadership and significant contributions throughout a long and distinguished career with GM." 

Carlisle, who will report directly to Alan Batey, president of GM North America, has most recently served as GM vice-president, global product planning and program management.

He previously held positions as vice-president, U.S. sales operations, and as president and managing director, GM South East Asia Operations, as well as other leadership positions in Singapore and China.

“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to return to Canada and build on the winning foundation established by Kevin and the team over the past four years,” said Carlisle.  “Having worked intensely on GM’s world-leading new products and technology strategies, I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and product focus to Canada."