MUNICH -- GM has appointed Vauxhall Managing Director Duncan Aldred as U.S. vice president of sales at the Buick and GMC brands. He will relocate from the UK to GM's Detroit headquarters and start the new job next month, the company said. Aldred's successor at Vauxhall has not been named.
Vauxhall chief Aldred to head Buick-GMC
Sweeney has been head of sales for Buick-GMC since March 2010. He's generally well-liked by dealers, who credit him with boosting Buick's lease business and raising customer-service standards, including the implementation of a courtesy transportation program for service customers.
Chevrolet's U.S. sales have declined two consecutive months, with volume off 8 percent in December and 13 percent last month. Overall, U.S. sales of Chevrolet rose 5 percent to 1.95 million last year while Buick deliveries increased 14 percent to 205,509, and GMC gained 9 percent to 450,901.
Sweeney joined GM in 1990 and has worked in sales and service jobs at Pontiac and Saab.
Sean Gagnier contributed to this report
Duncan Aldred, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO of Opel Ireland has been appointed US vice president, Buick-GMC Sales, Service and Marketing commencing March 1st 2014 and will be based at GM's global headquarters in Detroit.
Duncan joined Vauxhall as an undergraduate at its Ellesmere Port plant in 1990 and, with Vauxhall sponsorship, went on to graduate from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA (Hons) in 1992. He subsequently worked in various positions in Vauxhall sales and marketing and was appointed retail sales director in 2004. In July 2006 he moved to Budapest as director, sales, marketing and aftersales for GM's South East Europe region, transferring to Germany to take the role of sales operations director for GM Europe in 2009. Ceded
Returning to the UK in January 2010, he became managing director of Vauxhall Motors, adding the chairman's responsibilities in December 2011. In addition to these roles, Duncan took the assignment of acting vice president, sales, marketing and aftersales for Opel/Vauxhall in January 2013.
Duncan has led Vauxhall out of the global recession into a vibrant company, launching over a dozen new models and a new brand strategy in just three years. He also successfully secured two all-new models for its Luton and Ellesmere Port manufacturing plants which begin build in 2014/15 respectively. With over 4000 employees and sales approaching 300,000 units per annum, Vauxhall is now a firm number two in the UK market and is the UK's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.
A successor will be announced later.