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Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen Out

Steve Carlisle will take on the new role

April 18, 2018 - 5:14 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A change at the top at Cadillac. 

WWJ's AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert says General Motors announcing Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac, is leaving the company - effective immediately. 

GM Canada director, Steve Carlisle, will take on the new role. Carlisle has been with the company since 1982. 

Kelly Blue Book analyst Matthew Lorenzo says this comes as Lincoln has a hit with the Navigator and its smaller Aviator got more publicity at the recent New York Auto Show than Cadillac's XT4.

"The  XT4 is no Aviator, they need something between that an Escalade. An Escalade is getting a little long in the tooth," says Lorenzo. 

Lorenzo says he wouldn't be surprised to see some changes. 

"They could probably keep the offices in New York, you know, if I were running the business, I would rather been in Detroit where the cars are being made." 

GM is not disclosing whether a move for Cadillac's headquarters will take place - from its current location in New York back to Detroit.  

De Nysschen was behind the move to New York. There's been no word on the reason for the de Nysschen's move. 

Cadillac has been struggling in the luxury car market against BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.