Mark McNabb, who was hired by GM 13 months ago to lead Cadillac, Saab and Hummer and ended up trying to sell two of the brands, has resigned.
McNabb, 48, will leave on June 1 to pursue other job opportunities, Cadillac spokesman Klaus-Peter Martin said. In the interim, Stephen J. Hill will serve as Cadillac’s chief.
…..McNabb joined GM after resigning as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan North America Inc. He had spent the first 20 years of his career at the Nissan and Infiniti divisions. In late 2005, he left to become head of marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA. He became vice president of Mercedes sales before returning to Nissan in June 2007.
UPDATE: I just heard a rumour that McNabb is looking to work for Roger Penske, who’s looking at acquiring Saturn from GM
McNabb’s main contribution to these pages was a childish chortle at his resemblance to the Seussian image of personhood, hence the imagery that accompanied the few pieces about his work.
I can’t recall a single address he made about Saab at a motor show, or a single exhibition of interest about Saab. It seems to me that his sole contribution to Saab was helping in the decision to jettison it from the GM stable, so I guess we can thank him for that.
If you work at SaabUSA and you can fill us in on the good things he did there, please feel free as I’d be happy to add them to the record.
With Jan-Willem Vester and John Libbos gone, I guess that leaves Steve Shannon as the sole name-we-know who might still be working in some way that’s related to Saab in the US. That’s not to overlook the good contributions being made by others we don’t know in the back offices.
Hopefully a new Saab USA will emerge in the not-too-distant future and you can all have a day in the sun again.