Three sentences stand out in General Motors’ press release announcing Wednesday that Cadillac president/GM senior vice president Johan de Nysschen is out, and Steve Carlisle, the president and managing director of the automaker’s Canadian operations, is in as his replacement.
One is that “The transition will begin immediately.”
The other is a quote from GM President Dan Ammann in thanking de Nysschen for nearly four years of leading Cadillac; “Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change.
“This move,” Ammann adds, “will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.”
De Nysschen was solidly behind the proliferation of Cadillac’s sport/utility and crossover/utility portfolio, as obvious from my interview with him in September 2014, about a month after he took the job.