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Shake-Up at Saab

U.S. Chief Colleran pursuing “further career opportunities.”

by on Jan.10, 2011

Mike Colleran departs Saab to pursue "further career opportunities," replaced by Matthias Seidl.

Saab has replaced its top U.S. executive by naming Matthias Seidl interim Chief Operating Officer for Detroit-based Saab Cars North America, effective immediately. Seidl replaces Michael Colleran, who resigned “to pursue further career opportunities,” the maker said in a statement.

Colleran, a former General Motors sales executive, had been Saab’s top executive in the U.S. since the company was acquired from GM by Dutch-based Spyker Cars N.V. in February, 2010.

Jan Ake Jonsson, President and CEO of Saab Automobile AB, said Seidl temporarily takes on responsibility for Saab Cars North America in addition to his current position as Executive Director Global Sales. Saab Automobile expects to announce a new Chief Operating Officer for Saab Cars North America soon, Jonsson said.

Seidl has considerable experience in the United States market, having spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of America in the late 2000s. Prior to that, Seidl was Volkswagen and Audi’s Executive Director of Sales for the American Region.