GM Ousts Cadillac Boss Johan De Nysschen

Former Cadillac Brand Chief Johan de Nysschen

A big shake-up at Cadillac. The President of Cadillac division, Johan de Nysschen, has been fired.  You may recall that over a year ago, I predicted this.  When he made the decision to move the headquarters to Manhattan, I knew his days were numbered.

“We appreciate Johan’s efforts over the last four years in setting a stronger foundation for Cadillac,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann. “Looking forward, the world is changing rapidly, and, beginning with the launch of the new XT4, it is paramount that we capitalize immediately on the opportunities that arise from this rate of change. This move will further accelerate our efforts in that regard.”

De Nysschen, who joined the automaker in 2014, is leaving the company effective immediately. He cited “philosophical differences” as the reason for his departure and told Automotive News,it’s not personal, it’s just business.”

GM named Steve Carlisle, head of GM Canada, as his replacement.  

Photo Credit:  General Motors

6 Comments
  1. John Petsas 5 months ago

    Hi Jerry,
    I love your show & try to listen every week here in Anaheim, CA. . Now I know I can hear your podcasts to catch up! Im shopping for a vehicle & will be calling you soon! Thanks for the great info & services you provide.
    Sincerely,
    John Petsas

  2. Al 5 months ago

    That white caddy behind him has the shape of a bathtub .

  3. Bill Moore 5 months ago

    Hey Jerry,
    I agree with the comment above. My Dad was a Olds and Cadillac for 20 years in El Dorado Kansas when a Cadillac was a Cadillac. It’s sad to see through the years how they have kind of degraded and look like most all other cars. They need to change!
    Bill

  4. Joseph Wilkes 5 months ago

    It’s too bad that the once “Standard of the World” has been an also-ran for many years now. Meanwhile, Lincoln actually seems to be finding its way. I recently had a fully loaded Lincoln Continental Reserve as a loaner when my MKC was in for routine service. It was a pretty amazing car for a sticker of $74K, versus at least $15-30K more for a similar car from Germany, England or Japan. Meanwhile, Cadillac (except for its V-versions) has been going for glitz over substance. They all better watch out, though, because the Genesis 90 is going to try to muscle in. I haven’t driven one yet, but I want to. At least on paper it looks like a high-end contender with a long warranty at a great value. I just wish it wasn’t made outside the USA.

  5. Robert O'Brien 5 months ago

    I worked with Steve Carlisle 30 years ago when I was attached to the GM-10 Program, and I found him to be one of the sharpest minds that I’ve ever encountered in the auto industry. We were members of a corporate project charged with complexity reduction and product simplification, and his insight into what constituted “manageable complexity” and how to control it was simply brilliant. Of course, the car divisions were reluctant to accept his analysis, but why did they need more than one million mechanical assembly combinations EACH — exclusive of color variations ! — when they were only forecasting divisional sales volumes of 250,000 to 500,000 units, and they couldn’t even meet those ! It took a few years, but eventually his recommendations won out. Under his leadership GM Canada’s sales have increased, so I think Cadillac is finally in the right hands.

  6. Ed Lukas 5 months ago

    I have driven Cad. & Linc. for the last 25yr. The Cad. lost its styling 10yr ago. My last Linc. was a 2000 Towncar. A good riding and beautiful car. I now have a 2015 Genesis, nice lines and good mileage. I think it’s better looking then than BMW or Mercedes.

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