The leader of GM Holden’s commercial operations, Kristian Aquilina, is appointed Interim Chairman and Managing Director, GM Holden, succeeding Dave Buttner, who is leaving the company for personal reasons.
“With critical groundwork underway, the company will implement an orderly leadership succession,” said Senior Vice President, GM International Operations, Julian Blissett.
“Kristian has previously served as Managing Director of Holden New Zealand from 2015 to mid-2018, before returning to Australia to lead Marketing. Earlier this year he was promoted to Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Aftersales. With more than 22 years in the company, he has the experience, the leadership qualities and the deep understanding of the business and the market to lead GM Holden at this important time.”
Blissett thanked Buttner for his leadership of GM Holden. “Dave’s experience and professionalism have been significant assets for Holden since his appointment in 2018,” said Blissett. “Not only has he led critical work, he has developed a highly credentialled leadership team, enabling an orderly transition.”
Buttner paid tribute to his team and dealer partners for the work undertaken to transition Holden to an SUV and ute brand. “Holden’s focus remains on getting onto the consideration list for SUV and LCV buyers in Australia and New Zealand,” said Buttner. “We have made significant progress in getting the fundamentals right. Now is the right time for me to depart the business, with a strong team in place, to be led by Kristian.”
Aquilina said the business priorities led by Buttner would remain his key focus.