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Stephen K. Carlisle To Become New Head of General Motors Canada in 2015



Entering the new year, General Motors of Canada will have a new President and Managing Director. Appointed to the job on November 20th, Woodstock, Ontario-born Stephen K. Carlisle will become the leading influence of the large automaker's Canadian arm. Carlisle's assignment in his birth country comes after a some high-ranking globetrotting with the company.

A Canadian born and raised individual who earned an bachelor of applied science degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo, Stephen Carlisle has also acquired a master's degree in business administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. Carlisle's work history with General Motors started in 1982 as a co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre. In 1986, Stephen Carlisle was assigned to advanced manufacturing engineering at the Oshawa operations during a time it underwent massive retooling for updated Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks as well as the adoption of new car production. Carlisle rose from product engineering-related assignments and ventured outside of Canada in the 1990s where he was appointed to several posts including the Director of the GM Decision Support Center in 1995.

After about a decade of roles within the United States operations of General Motors, Stephen Carlisle was positioned as a vice president of the automaker's Asian business. Placed in charge of Product and Program Management for GM Asia Pacific in 2002, that role was expanded globally in 2010. Between the times, Carlisle also served as the vice president of US Sales Operations.

Carlisle will be taking over a role held for the past four years by Kevin Williams. Leading the Canadian arm of General Motors within a year of the historic bankruptcy of the automaker's operations, Williams has enthusiastically persuaded customers to their current vehicle line-up in this country. He will bee staying with the company through the end of the year in order to facilitate a smooth transition for Carlisle.

Stephen K. Carlisle's presidency at General Motors of Canada is developing as uncertainty remains around the vehicle manufacturing future at the flagship Oshawa Assembly Plant. With Chevrolet Camaro producing moving stateside next year, there have been no assurances production will continue beyond 2016. It will be interesting to note if Carlisle's career-building assignments at the manufacturing plant can positively influence the presence of a continuing Canadian workforce with General Motors.


Information and photo source: General Motors of Canada

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