Change in management at Stellantis and Opel/Vauxhall
About 15 months after the founding of the Stellantis Group, Group CEO Carlos Tavares makes several new management appointments. Opel boss Uwe Hochgeschurtz, who only took up his post last year, is leaving the brand to replace Maxime Picat at parent company Stellantis.
Hochgeschurtz had taken over as chief executive in Rüsselsheim with effect from 1 September 2021. Stellantis now announces that the former DACH boss of Renault will become General Director for Extended Europe at Stellantis as of 1 June. The company highlights his expertise as a “highly skilled and successful sales and marketing leader with strong leadership values and openness to transformative challenges such as electrification, online sales and digital marketing”.
For his part, his predecessor in this position, Maxime Picat, takes over as the group’s head of purchasing and supply chain. This position was previously held by Michelle Wen, who is leaving the group. Picat was instrumental in the turnaround of the Peugeot brand in the then PSA Group, together with PSA CEO Tavares. “His analytical skills and personality are likely to build trusted relationships with suppliers and enhance Stellantis’ short and medium term performance in this strategic area of activity,” the company wrote of Picat.
The new head of Opel and Vauxhall on 1 June will be Florian Hüttl, who was previously Opel’s head of sales and marketing. Hüttl himself has only been with Stellantis since March 2021 and was previously head of sales and marketing for Opel’s expanded Europe. “He will lead the global commercial development of the only German brand in Stellantis’ portfolio and its transition into the electric age,” the statement said.
Vauxhall boss Paul Willcox takes over as UK head of Stellantis from Alison Jones. Jones, in turn, will be promoted to senior vice president of Circular Economy and will be responsible at a global level for the circular economy, one of the core pillars of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan.
“The daily challenges and ongoing deep transformation of the automotive industry requires organizational agility and talent at the right place at the right timing across our company,” says Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. “After the successful start of Stellantis’ operations, these appointments reflect the bold ambitions of our strategic plan ‘Dare forward 2030‘ and will strongly contribute to the transformation path we have already started since Stellantis was formed in January 2021.”