General Motors has announced that John P. Roth, currently vice president, GM Canada Marketing, Sales and Service, has been named president and managing director of GM Africa and Middle East operations, effective June 1. Roth will be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and responsible for growing the Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and ACDelco business throughout the region.
Mario A. Spangenberg, 59, currently president and managing director of GM Africa and Middle East operations, has elected to retire July 1 after 38 years in the auto industry and 15 years of dedicated GM service in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Roth will report to Alan Batey, GM executive vice president, president of GM North America and head of GM Africa and Middle East operations and Global Chevrolet.
“Mario has been a key contributor to GM’s global success, and is leaving behind a solid foundation in Africa and the Middle East for the team to build on,” said Batey. “We thank Mario for his service and wish him and his family well in this next chapter of their lives.”
Batey continued, “Under John’s leadership, the marketing, sales and service team in Canada delivered industry-leading results in 2017 — a tremendous feat in a competitive market. John’s success in Canada and his deep understanding of the GM brands make him an excellent choice to lead the team in Africa and the Middle East.”