New Holden boss

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

The Volk­swa­gen boss from In­dia is be­ing parachuted straight into the top po­si­tion at Holden in Aus­tralia.

Af­ter months of un­cer­tainty, dur­ing which Mike Dev­ereux ex­tended his time as pres­i­dent of Holden de­spite a new GM ap­point­ment in Sin­ga­pore, Gerry Dorizas has been named as his suc­ces­sor.

He ar­rived on March 1 with more than 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence with a range of brands in­clud­ing Fiat, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Toy­ota and Volk­swa­gen. But, per­haps tellingly, not Gen­eral Mo­tors.

The out­side hir­ing shows GM is look­ing to in­ject fresh blood into the com­pany, but could also re­flect a re­luc­tance of com­pany in­sid­ers to take on the job at Fish­er­mans Bend.

The man who hired Dorizas, Ste­fan Ja­coby, is him­self an ‘out­sider’ de­spite his po­si­tion as a GM ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and head of GM In­ter­na­tional Op­er­a­tions.

“Gerry has the right in­dus­try-leading ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­den­tials to lead GM Holden through a sig­nif­i­cant pro­gram of change, as it tran­si­tions to a na­tional sales com­pany,” Ja­coby says.

“GM In­ter­na­tional Op­er­a­tions is un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion that is com­mit­ted to driv­ing our mar­kets to­ward suc­cess.”

Dorizas is mak­ing the pre­dictable pos­i­tive sound bytes on Holden.

“Around the world, Holden is renowned for the strength of its prod­uct and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of its people,” Dorizas says.

“I am en­er­gised by the op­por­tu­nity to lead a tal­ented and pas­sion­ate team and to guide one of Aus­tralia’s strong­est, most iconic brands into its next phase.”

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