THE NEXT FRONTIER: General Motors has appointed a new president and managing director of GM South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Israel - Ian Nicholls. Image: General Motors
PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape - General Motors has appointed Ian Nicholls as president and managing director of GM's South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Israel operations.
Nicholls’ appointment, from June 1 2015, is part of the automaker’s consolidation of its Africa and Middle East operations.
In his new role he will report directly to Mario Spangenberg, president and managing director of GM's Africa and Middle East operations.
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Spangenberg said: "Ian has a deep understanding of our business and the sub-Saharan African markets and was chosen to lead our business because he is the right person for the job."
Nicholls said: "We are well positioned for growth with our world-class vehicle assembly plant and hi-tech parts distribution centre in Port Elizabeth, coupled together with our extensive distribution network of over 200 dealers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
"Our strengthened portfolio of Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu passenger and light commercial vehicles, will enable us to meet and exceed the requirements of our customers in sub-Saharan Africa.
“In 2014 Opel sales volume in South Africa grew by 36%, while our locally assembled Isuzu pick-up volume increased by eight percent. In sub-Saharan Africa our overall sales volumes increased by 31%."
Prior to this appointment, Nicholls served as vice-president of GM South Africa's operations and before that vice-president of planning for GM South Africa.
Spangenberg said: "We are transforming our business across the General Motors International region, focusing our investments on where the opportunity for growth is greatest.
“Africa is recognised as the next frontier for growth for the automotive industry. General Motors is taking the right decisions to ensure our business is best able to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and to grow sustainably into the future."