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GM Holden names its new chairman and MD
Global footprint: Gerry Dorizas is a Greek native who has served in senior roles at VW India and Japan, Hyundai Europe and Fiat Greece.
Former Volkswagen India and Japan boss Gerry Dorizas named new head of Holden
28 February 2014
GM HOLDEN has announced the appointment of former Volkswagen India boss Gerry
Dorizas as its new chairman and managing director responsible for both the
Australian and New Zealand markets.
Greek-born Mr Dorizas replaces Canadian Mike Devereux, who has relocated to
Singapore as vice-president of sales, marketing and aftersales for GM’s
International Operations division.
Mr Dorizas commences his new role tomorrow, March 1.
Chief among his tasks will be overseeing the structural change at Holden as it
winds down its manufacturing operations – and slashes some 2900 jobs – over the
next three years, closing its Elizabeth assembly plant near Adelaide, Global V6
engine plant at Port Melbourne and related facilities.
Like the two other car-makers in Australia, Ford and Toyota, Holden will become
a national sales and distribution company once its factories close by the end
Mr Dorizas was most recently president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Sales in
India and chief representative of the Volkswagen Group of Companies in India.
He is also a former president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Japan, and has served
as vice-president of Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH in Germany (2005-2007),
president and managing director of the Fiat Group in Greece (2000-2005) and
head of Fiat Japan (1993-1999).
He also had a brief stint as chief operating officer of Inchcape Holdings
(Toyota) in the late 1990s.
Mr Dorizas will report to GM executive vice-president and president GM
International Operations, Stefan Jacoby, who said the appointment was the right
one as Holden made a seismic shift in the nature of its business.
Interestingly, Mr Jacoby said GM wanted “strong local passion” from its various
Over the past four years, Mr Devereux was regarded as a passionate advocate for
the local car-making business before Holden announced its planned closure last
Former Holden chairman Mark Reuss also staunchly defended the company’s
Australian car-making operations, although as one of GM’s top executives in
Detroit, he was also one of those behind the decision to close Holden’s
“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 Jacoby said.
“GM International Operations (GMIO) is undergoing a transformation that is
committed to driving our markets toward success.
“As part of this transformation, the GMIO team is working to build a global
organisation with strong local passion, ownership and entrepreneurship.”
Mr Dorizas said he was energised to take up the new Melbourne-based role.
“Around the world, Holden is renowned for the strength of its product and
professionalism of its people,” he 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.”
The role as boss of Holden has long been seen as something of a fast-track into
more senior GM management, although much of that was likely contingent on the
fact that it had its own unique vehicle line and a local factory.
Mr Devereux is now a vice-president of the regional centre that oversees GM
Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
His predecessor Alan Batey is now vice-president of GM North America, reporting
to Mr Reuss, who is now executive vice-president of global product development,
purchasing and supply chain.