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Susan Docherty Announces Intention to Leave GM

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Susan Docherty

ZURICH--une 21, 2013: Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, has announced her intention to leave General Motors to spend time with her family, effective September 30. A successor for Docherty will be named at a later date.

"With more than 27 years of GM service, Susan has been instrumental in many of our sales and marketing initiatives," said GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing, and President, International Operations Tim Lee. "She has helped build the equity of our brands and reach our customers in new and innovative ways."

In her current role, Docherty initiated a restructuring of the business while growing Chevrolet's market share in 2012 in a challenging European market. In addition, she has been a guiding force in helping the company redefine the positioning of the Chevrolet brand in GM International Operations.

"After almost three decades at this great company, working at an incredible pace in markets around the world, I've decided to take a break, invest time in my family and chart a new course for my career," said Docherty. "I leave with incredible memories and valued friendships with high hopes for GM's continued success."

Before moving to Europe, Docherty held many key positions in sales, service, marketing and communications around the globe. Among her earlier positions, she served as GM vice president of International Operations Sales, Marketing and Aftersales; GM vice president of U.S. Sales, Service and Marketing, and general manager of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. Docherty was selected by GM for a Sloan Fellowship and completed her master’s degree at Stanford University.

"Susan has been a tireless promoter of our company and brands," said Lee. "We appreciate her dedication and creativity and wish her continued success."

Docherty will continue to work with the Chevrolet and Cadillac team in Europe in the near term to ensure a smooth transition.