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General Motors Co. said Thursday it has named Stephen K. Carlisle as president and managing director for GM Canada, succeeding Kevin W. Williams who is retiring.

Carlisle most recently served as vice president of global product planning and program management for GM in the U.S. He will report to GM North America President Alan Batey. GM Canada is headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, and employs more than 9,000 people

“I’m honored 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,” Carlisle said in a statement. “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.”

Carlisle previously led GM’s U.S. sales operations, overseeing the dealer network, retail sales and fleet and commercial operations, and served as president of GM South East Asia Operations and has served in leadership positions in Singapore and China.

Williams headed GM Canada since 2010 and will stay on to help with the transition through the end of 2014. He joined GM in 1983 and worked in manufacturing, supplier quality, purchasing and service and parts operations in several global locations, including for a time as president and managing director of GM Mexico. Before working in Canada, he was vice president and general manager of GM Service and Parts Operations, overseeing the company’s aftersales businesses.

GM CEO Mary Barra thanked Williams for his service.

“Kevin helped rebuild GM Canada after one of our most challenging periods and has established a solid foundation for growth into the future,” she said in a statement.

GM on Thursday also named Mike Ableson, vice president of vehicle engineering for GM in Europe, as its U.S. vice president of global product planning and program management. In a related management move, GM’s Opel Group said Charlie Klein, executive chief engineer of vans, light commercial vehicles and alliance programs, will become vice president of vehicle engineering for GM in Europe effective Jan. 1, 2015. Klein also will replace Ableson as a member of the Opel board.

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