Rick Wagoner, GM chairman and chief executive officer, today announced the following executive retirements and appointments:
- John Middlebrook, 67, GM vice president, global sales, service and marketing operations, will retire effective July 1, 2008.
- Jonathan Browning,
48, GM Europe vice president, sales, marketing and aftersales, is
appointed GM vice president, global sales, service and marketing,
effective June 1, 2008.
- W. W. Brent Dewar,
53, GM North America vice president, field sales, service and parts, is
appointed GM Europe vice president, sales, marketing and aftersales,
effective June 1, 2008.
"John Middlebrook has made
tremendous contributions to GM in a variety of roles over the past 49
years," said Wagoner. "He is well known and highly respected and
admired throughout the industry as a true sales and marketing
professional. I've enjoyed working closely with John in the past
several years as he has led GM's efforts to integrate and leverage our
sales and marketing capabilities globally."
career spanned assignments with Pontiac, Saturn and Chevrolet
divisions, as well as the Worldwide Product Planning Group and the
Marketing and Product Planning Staff. He served as GM vice president,
general manager, vehicle brand marketing and corporate advertising.
Middlebrook is a graduate of the General Motors Institute (now
Kettering University) with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and
earned a master's degree in marketing from Michigan State University.
recent years, GM has expanded rapidly in global markets. Last year, GM
sold 9.37 million vehicles worldwide, and the company had record sales
in its three regions outside of North America: Asia-Pacific, Europe,
and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. During this period, the
Chevrolet brand has also grown rapidly outside North America, selling a
total of 4.5 million vehicles in 2007.
brings a wealth of experience in automotive sales and marketing in the
European market to this position," said Wagoner. "He played a key role
in making GM the fastest growing major manufacturer in Europe, with a
well developed multi-brand strategy. I look forward to working closely
with Jonathan in his new global position."
"Brent Dewar has
been a strong leader in GM's sales and marketing operations in the
U.S., Canada and Brazil for many years, and he has a strong track
record of working closely and effectively with GM dealers," said
Wagoner. "This broad experience makes him an excellent choice to lead
our sales and marketing activities in the growing and rapidly changing