GM Loses One of Its Top Female Executives


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    Susan Docherty Picture

    Susan Docherty, who leads Chevrolet and Cadillac sales in Europe, said she is retiring from GM. | June 21, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Susan Docherty, 50, one of the top female executives in the auto industry, announced on Friday that she will retire from General Motors on September 30.
  • Docherty, the president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, said she is leaving to spend more time with her family.
  • "It's part of a trend of the auto industry being a good place for women to come from, but a lot of them don't stick around," said Michelle Krebs, Edmunds senior analyst.

ZURICH, Switzerland — Susan Docherty, 50, one of the top female executives in the auto industry, announced on Friday that she will retire from General Motors on September 30. Docherty, the president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, said she is leaving to spend more time with her family.

"It's part of a trend of the auto industry being a good place for women to come from, but a lot of them don't stick around," said Michelle Krebs, Edmunds senior analyst.

Krebs added: "This is an industry that's short on women executives."

A successor for Docherty will be named at a later date, said GM in a statement.

"I've decided to take a break, invest time in my family and chart a new course for my career," said Docherty in a statement.

Docherty had served in a number of roles in her more than 27 years at GM, including GM vice president of U.S. sales, service and marketing.

A Catalyst study released in March said that the percentage of women corporate officers in the auto vehicle and parts industry was 11.5 percent in 2012, up from 11.2 percent in 2002 and 7.5 percent in 1998.

The percentage of women on the boards of directors in the auto vehicle and parts industry was 12.4 percent in 2012, up from 8.4 percent in 2001 and 9.5 percent in 1998, Catalyst said.

Edmunds says: There are other high-profile women at GM, most notably Mary T. Barra, the GM senior vice president for global product development. But Docherty's departure will leave a noticeable gap in the automaker's female ranks.

Comments

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    There's no reason whatsoever to lament this vacuous twunt's departure from the auto industry. From her ad campaign that almost singlehandedly killed off Pontiac to the ridiculous "Volt Dance," D'Oh!erty deserves to be soundly ridiculed for her many inane contributions to GM.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    "Should have posed w/ something other than that POS" Agreed. Even a Cruze would have been a better companion for the Sonic.

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    @nukedetroit, I think just about anyone who has worked under her would agree with your sentiment.

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