Steane Klose | May 27, 2007

American Denny Mooney is set to leave GM Holden in August of this year. Mooney is moving back to the US to take up the role of vice president of global vehicle systems and integration. He will be based in Detroit, Michigan.

Mooney has been at the helm of Holden long enough to preside over the release of the VE Commodore range and implement the push to see VE exported to the US where it will go on sale as the Pontiac G8. He has been instrumental in seeing Holden cement its position in the GM empire as the centre for rear-wheel drive design and development.

American Denny Mooney is set to leave GM Holden in August of this year. Mooney is moving back to the US to take up the role of vice president of global vehicle systems and integration. He will be based in Detroit, Michigan.

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Mooney has been at the helm of Holden long enough to preside over the release of the VE Commodore range and implement the push to see VE exported to the US where it will go on sale as the Pontiac G8. He has been instrumental in seeing Holden cement its position in the GM empire as the centre for rear-wheel drive design and development.

The move to importing Korean sourced cars like the TK Barina and Epica is another new direction for which Mooney is responsible. Changing from European built cars with reasonable safety ratings like the previous Opel sourced Barina to the cheaper and less safe Daewoo built Barina has been a controversial move for Holden.

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Mooney is set to be replaced by Chris Gubbey (above left) an Englishman who has done time with both Ford and Toyota in the UK before joining Vauxhall (GM) in the UK as their manufacturing director in 1997. Mr Gubbey moved across to Shanghai GM in 2000.

Shanghai GM is a joint venture between GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp Group (SAIC). It produces and sells a range of vehicles under the various GM nameplates such as Buick, Cadillac, Saab and Chevrolet. It is currently the top selling automaker in China.

We find it interesting that GM are moving their man with experience in the Chinese operation to Australia. While it makes sense to appoint a Chairman with regional experience we can’t help but feel that this move will see a lot of change at Holden. China is coming...

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