LONDON -- Former Nissan and Volkswagen executive Paul Willcox will be the new boss of Vauxhall, the UK brand that is now part of the Stellantis.
Willcox, 57, will take up the post as managing director on Feb. 1, Vauxhall said on Wednesday in a statement.
Stellantis, created by the merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, owns the Opel brand, which trades as Vauxhall in Britain.
Vauxhall builds the Astra compact car at its Ellesmere Port factory and the Vivaro van in Luton.
Willcox held various senior management positions at Nissan and Volkswagen Group before joining PSA, where he has been head of European and Asian markets since July 2019.
Willcox was named an Automotive News Eurostar in 2013 and again in 2015 for his work in boosting Nissan's European sales.
He succeeds Stephen Norman, who will become global head of sales for Opel/Vauxhall. Norman had lead Vauxhall since 2018.
Willcox takes charge of Vauxhall just as an investment decision looms for its UK manufacturing operations.
Carlos Tavares, the former head of PSA Group and now Stellantis CEO, has said the British government's decision to ban the sale of internal combustion engine cars in 2030 has narrowed the options for the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant.
Reuters contributed to this report