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GM Canada appoints new president

By DE Staff   

General Automotive

Former GM VP takes over as Carlisle moves to head Cadillac.

Travis Hester, president and managing director, GM Canada

In April, General Motors announced the appointment of Travis Hester – formerly GM’s vice president, Global Product Programs – as president and managing director of GM Canada.

Hester began his GM career in 1995 in Australia as a technical support engineer for GM Holden. He held a variety of positions in Australia before moving to the U.S. in 2005. Since 2005, Hester has held engineering positions in both the U.S. and China, including chief engineer for several global premium luxury vehicles, the Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Sonic.

Since he became vice president of Global Product Programs in 2016, Hester has led the team responsible for balancing all aspects of vehicle development, including quality, cost, appearance, purchasing, customer acceptance and performance targets.

Hester replaces Steve Carlisle who has been appoint General Motors senior vice president and president, Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the company. Carlisle began his GM career in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant.


During his GM career, Carlisle has held several senior leadership positions, including vice president, Global Product Planning (2010-2014); vice president, U.S. Sales Operations (2010); and president and managing director, Southeast Asia Operations (2007-2010). As president and managing director of GM Canada, he led a resurgence of the GM Canada franchise. In 2017, GM was number one in automotive retail sales in Canada, with Buick, GMC and Cadillac achieving their best ever sales years.


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