- The Washington Times - Friday, December 11, 2009

DETROIT | General Motors Co. has replaced its Chevrolet brand manager after just five months, and its Buick brand chief is leaving after only a few days on the job, as the company continues to shake up its top management ranks.

GM said Wednesday that James Campbell will now lead Chevrolet, the company’s largest and most important brand. Mr. Campbell succeeds Brent Dewar, who will retire April 1 to spend more time with family and pursue personal interests.

In addition, GM said Michael Richards, who was named Buick and GMC general manager on Dec. 1, is leaving to pursue other career opportunities. That’s the same day that the GM board forced the resignation of former CEO Frederick A. “Fritz” Henderson.

The announcement comes after GM abruptly canceled a Web chat scheduled for Wednesday with Mr. Richards.

Mr. Dewar, Chevrolet’s global vice president, was named to the post in July by Mr. Henderson, who was succeeded on an interim basis by CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr.

Mr. Campbell, 45, joined GM in 1988 and was previously in charge of the automaker’s fleet and commercial-vehicle operations. He also has been involved with launches of the Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo, Colorado and Corvette models.

Mr. Dewar will work with Mr. Campbell to ensure a smooth transition at Chevrolet and also will be on a special assignment supporting Mark Reuss in his new role as president of GM’s North America operations, the company said.

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