GM execs Batey, Boler Davis to leave company

Since succeeding GM President Mark Reuss as the head of North American operations in 2014, Batey — a 2016 Automotive News All-Star — has led the charge for the automaker’s shift to crossovers and other utility vehicles as well as new internal offerings and tools for dealers.

“Alan and his team have achieved record financial performance and created a customer-focused foundation, and we greatly appreciate what he has contributed to GM over his almost 40 years of service across the globe,” Barra said.

Batey also has led Global Chevrolet since July 2013. Engle also will assume those responsibilities, including responsibility over Chevrolet’s marketing, which recently came under fire for a national television commercial that claimed the brand had better reliability than Toyota, Ford and Honda, among other brands. The ad, following at least one potential threat of legal action, was pulled off the air in January.

Prior to his current roles, Batey was GM vice president, U.S. sales and service and interim GM chief marketing officer from 2012 to 2013 and vice president, U.S. Chevrolet sales and service, from 2010 to 2012. A native of the United Kingdom, Batey began his career with GM in 1979 as a mechanical engineering apprentice for the company’s Vauxhall operation in the United Kingdom.

Engle joined GM as executive vice president and president, South America, in September 2015. In October 2017, it was announced that his duties would expand to include all operations outside North America and China.