Not perfectly clear to me what the change here is — David Leone was previously head of Cadillac Engineering. I think the ‘new’ part may be that Cadillac Engineering is being expanded to a larger team?
NEW YORK – Cadillac today announced the appointment of David Leone as Executive Chief Engineer, Cadillac Product Programs effective August 3. He will report to Vice President Global Product Programs Doug Parks and Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.
“Dave’s appointment to this critical role reinforces our commitment to transforming the brand through a singular focus on engineering and product development,” said de Nysschen. “I have no doubt that Dave’s leadership and experience in quantifying Cadillac’s DNA through the lens of our engineering efforts will be a strong contributor to our success.”
In this new role, Leone, 57, is responsible for Cadillac’s brand focus through engineering and product development. Leone will be the single point of contact for Cadillac products within the organization’s Global Product Development programs and will lead a team of chief engineers to ensure Cadillac brand consistency in premium product execution.
Leone joined General Motors in 1979, and has held several leadership positions within engineering. In 2012, he was named Executive Chief Engineer, Global Performance Luxury Cars and Cadillac Brand Lead Executive Chief Engineer. Prior to this appointment, Leone served as Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer.