Canadian Manufacturing

Stephen Carlisle named GM Canada president, managing director

Carlisle replace Kevin Williams, who is set to retire from the top post at GM Canada after nearly five years

November 20, 2014  by Canadian Manufacturing Staff

OSHAWA, Ont.—General Motors Co. (GM) has named a new president and managing director of its Canadian operations with Kevin Williams set to retire from the post at the end of the year.

Stephen Carlisle takes the helm at General Motors of Canada Ltd. (GM Canada), succeeding Williams, who held the position since 2010.

Williams will assist in the transition through the end of the year, according to the automaker.

“I’d like to thank Kevin for his leadership and significant contributions throughout a long and distinguished career with GM,” GM chief executive Mary Barra said of Williams in a statement. “In his most recent assignment, Kevin helped rebuild GM Canada after one of our most challenging periods and has established a solid foundation for growth into the future.”


Williams joined GM in 1983, holding progressively more senior roles in manufacturing, supplier quality and development, purchasing and service and parts operations in multiple locations around the globe including Canada, Mexico, Germany, and the United States.

Prior to being named president of GM Canada, Williams served as vice-president and general manager of GM’s service and parts operations, where he led all GM’s global aftersales businesses.

He also served as president and managing director of GM’s Mexico operations, as well as vice-president of quality with GM North America, and global executive director of supplier quality, development and diversity.

In his new role, Carlisle will report to Alan Batey, president of GM North America.

Carlisle most recently served as the vice-president of global product planning and program management.

Previously, he held positions as vice-president of GM’s U.S. sales operations, as well as president and managing director, of GM’s South East Asia operations.

“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to return to Canada and build on the winning foundation established by Kevin and the team over the past four years,” said Carlisle.

“Having worked intensely on GM’s world-leading new products and technology strategies, I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and product focus to Canada. I look forward to working with our employees, dealers and other key stakeholders to continue to build an organization that puts the customer at the centre of everything we do.”