General Motors has appointed Steve Carlisle to the post of senior vice president and president, Cadillac as its current chief Johan de Nysschen departs.

Travis Hester, who currently is the vice president, Global Product Programs, as president and managing director, will replace Carlisle and will be the GM of Canada division. The transition will begin immediately.

De Nysschen had led Cadillac for the past four years. Prior to that, he had an extensive experience in other manufacturing companies that use AB products. He served as the president of Infiniti Global limited for four years (2012-2014), while he was the president of Audi of America Inc. from 2004 till 2012 and headed Audi Japan from 1999 till 2004.

As the president and managing director of General Motors 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.

Carlisle also reestablished key relationships in Canada with retailers, employees and government officials. He began his career at GM in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant.

Over the course of his career with General Motors, 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).