So it is official that Gerry Dorizas has been appointed the new Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden, effective 1 March 2014.
Leading into what will be a tough couple of years for Holden, Gerry will definitely need all of his experience to pull him through.
With over two decades of global industry experience with Mercedes, Fiat, Toyota, Hyundai, Volkswagen throughout Europe and Asia, he will succeed Mike Devereux, who was appointed as GMIO Vice President, sales, Marketing and Aftersales.
According to GM Executive Vice President and President GM International Operations (that’s a long title), Stefan Jacoby, said “Gerry has the right industry-leading experience and credentials to lead GM Holden through a significant program of change, as it transitions to a National Sales Company”
Mr Dorizas said he was looking forward to taking up the role.
“Around the world, Holden is renowned for the strength of its product and professionalism of its people,” Mr Dorizas said.
“I am energised by the opportunity to lead a talented and passionate team and to guide one of Australia’s strongest, most iconic brands into its next phase.”
If you want a bit more of a history of Gerry Dorizas, you can read what GM Holden included in their press release down below.
So, whilst this change of leadership was expected, do you think Gerry Dorizas will have what it takes to lead Holden through this transitional period?
Chairman and Managing Director
GM Holden Ltd
Gerry Dorizas was appointed chairman and managing director of GM Holden Ltd, effective 1 March, 2014. He is responsible for GM’s operations in Australia and New Zealand.
Dorizas has more than two decades of professional experience in the automotive industry. He began his career in 1992 as deputy sales director at Mercedes Benz Hellas in Greece. In 1993, he joined Fiat Auto as sales director in Alfa Romeo, and later became president and CEO of the Fiat Auto Group of Companies in Japan.
In 1999, he joined Inchcape Holdings (Toyota) as chief operating officer. In 2000, he took over as president and managing director of the Fiat Auto Group of Companies in Greece. Five years later, Dorizas became vice president of Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH in Germany.
Dorizas joined Volkswagen AG in 2007 and was appointed president and CEO of the Volkswagen Group Japan. In 2012, he became president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Sales India. He also served as chief representative of the Volkswagen Group of Companies in India, which comprised sales and two factories.
Prior to entering the automotive industry, Dorizas was a business application consultant at Nixdorf Computer in Greece.
Dorizas is a native of Athens, Greece. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the American College of Greece, Deree College, and a master’s degree in public and business administration from Roosevelt University in the United States of America.