Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors (GM), just announced that Steve Carlisle has been appointed as GM’s executive vice president and president, North America. Carlisle will assume the new role September 1st, leaving his previous role as senior vice president and president at Cadillac, which he had held since April of 2018.
Prior to serving at Cadillac, Carlisle was president and managing director at GM Canada. Carlisle first launched his career at GM in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the GM Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant, and has held several senior leadership positions over the years.
“Steve will help us scale the considerable transformation progress we have been making, while at the same time preserving the sufficient autonomy necessary to maintain four distinct vehicle brands,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “This role will build on Steve’s progressive leadership within GM, particularly over the last two years at Cadillac.”
Carlisle takes over the role from Barry Engle, who is leaving General Motors to pursue other leadership opportunities. Engle served as GM’s executive vice president and president, North America, since November of 2019, and GM’s executive vice president and president, Americas, between April and October of 2019. Engle first joined GM in 2015.
Meanwhile, Rory Harvey has been appointed vice president, Cadillac Sales, Service and Marketing, to run the brand’s daily operations, reporting to Carlisle. Harvey joined Cadillac in 2018 as vice president, Cadillac North America Sales, Service and Marketing.
“Rory has been one of the chief architects of Cadillac’s brand strategy, working with Steve,” Barra said. “He has a strong commitment to Cadillac, its dealers and customers, so we will have great continuity as Steve takes on broader responsibilities.”
For now, it’s unclear who will assume the role of Cadillac president following Carlisle’s reassignment in September. We’ve reached out to Cadillac for clarification, and will report back if we hear anything.