General Motors Holden chairman and managing director Denny Mooney has been named GM vice president, global vehicle systems and integration based in Detroit in a series of management appointments being announced by GM globally on Friday. He takes up his new post on 1 August.

Replacing Mooney is Chris Gubbey, currently executive vice president of Shanghai General Motors.

Prior to joining Shanghai GM in 2000, Gubbey was manufacturing director and a member of the board of directors of Vauxhall Motors here in the United Kingdom. From 1995 to 1997, he was operations director of GKN Hardy Spicer. Between 1991 and 1995, Gubbey was assistant general manager of Toyota Motor UK. He began his automotive industry career in 1979 with where he held the positions of assembly manager and process engineering manager.

Mooney has been GM Holden’s chairman and managing director since 1 January 2004 during which period he oversaw the launch of the all new VE Commodore and WM Statesman and Caprice in what was the biggest new car programme in Australian automotive history.

He has also been instrumental in realigning GM Holden’s future business strategy to position it as a company with a strong export focus and one which is closely integrated with the GM group globally.

An engineer by background, whilst at GM Holden Mooney also held positions as head of GM Asia Pacific Engineering, a board member of GM Daewoo in Korea, and a member of GM’s Asia Pacific strategy board.