Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Johan de Nysschen Out!

Johan de Nysschen

Johan de Nysschen

Suddenly, as of yesterday (April 18), former Cadillac head Johan de Nysschen is out. Replacing him for now will be, former head of GM-Canada, Steve Carlisle.

de Nysschen was recruited to run Cadillac after a short stint heading Nissan's Infiniti division where his most significant fingerprints were the change to the confusing Q and QX naming convention. Before this he headed up the VW group's Audi brand in the Americas.

While at Cadillac since 2014, he pushed for a controversial move of the headquarters to New York. He also quashed the positioning of Cadillac's Omega chassis sedan as a flagship. It became the CT6 and plans are in the works for something even better above it. Speaking of CT6, he will be remembered for pushing a new CT and XT naming convention that may be scrapped now that he is gone.

It does seem that GM management never can allow Cadillac to execute a complete vision before getting cold feet and removing the brand's top executive. We will regret not getting to see Johan de Nysschen's vision for the brand fully developed.

* This article was originally published here

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