GM reshuffle to test Opel CEO’s turnaround skills

A management rejig at General Motors (GM) and the scaling back of its alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroen have created fresh uncertainty over the U.S. carmaker’s strategy for Opel, just as the European business seemed to have secured a settled future. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel’s sixth boss in the past decade, has made a big splash at the loss-making business, helping to land a multi-billion euro investment from bosses in Detroit. The 52-year-old German also appeared to win an important victory when GM said it would drop its Chevrolet brand in Europe and instead focus resources on Opel and sister brand Vauxhall. But some Opel staff worry these advances are in doubt after the appointment this month of new GM chief executive Mary Barra.


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