DETROIT -- General Motors' Barry Engle is leaving the company after 15 months in charge of North America operations and will be replaced by Cadillac boss Steve Carlisle, a Canadian.
Engle, 56, will pursue leadership opportunities that leverage his broad executive expertise in a variety of industries, GM said in a statement Wednesday. He was hired by GM in 2015.
Rory Harvey -- who joined Cadillac in 2018 as vice president of North American sales, service and marketing -- will lead the luxury brand's global operations.
The changes are effective Sept. 1.
Carlisle, is a GM lifer who rebuilt GM Canada and led Cadillac as it transforms itself into the company's EV brand.
Engle was "a strong contributor to our transformation efforts -- first in South America, then more broadly across all operations outside North America and China, and ultimately running North America," GM CEO Mary Barra said in the statement. "The cumulative impact of his efforts over the past five years leave us fundamentally better positioned to deliver on the vision of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion."
Carlisle, 58, has been president of Cadillac since 2018. With his appointment to lead North America, GM will have one sales, service and marketing leader across its brands. Previously, Engle oversaw Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, while Carlisle led Cadillac. Carlisle will report to GM President Mark Reuss.
"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 Barra. "This role will build on Steve's progressive leadership within GM, particularly over the past two years at Cadillac. This change will also improve the collaboration and decision making that fuel innovation."
Before leading Cadillac, Carlisle was president of GM Canada. He began his career at GM in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly plant. Later positions included leadership of global product planning and program management, U.S. sales operations and Southeast Asia operations.
Before joining Cadillac, Harvey, 52, was chairman and managing director of GM’s former Vauxhall Motors unit in the UK. He has held a variety of positions in Europe and Middle East in his three decades at GM.
“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.”