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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.


Hallmark Leaving Saab For Jaguar

Setback for Swedish carmaker’s revival.

by on Oct.19, 2010

Adrian Hallmark will leave Saab for Jaguar.

Just months after joining Sweden’s Saab as its marketing chief, Adrian Hallmark has tendered his resignation and will move to Jaguar.

The otherwise amicable announcement could pose problems for Saab, which is struggling to revive after former owner General Motors nearly shut it down earlier this year.

Hallmark’s departure – which won’t happen until the end of November – could put a monkey wrench into Saab’s plans to re-establish its global distribution network, a critical step in assuring the company’s survival, cautioned a source close to the Swedish company.

But his move to Jaguar will come at an equally critical time, with the automaker and its sibling Land Rover brand in the midst of developing their own global growth strategy.

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Hallmark’s decision to leave Saab wasn’t entirely surprising to those close to the British-born executive.  He has moved a number of times over the last decade, having bounced through a series of jobs with the Volkswagen Group that took him to the U.S., Asia and then Wolfsburg, Germany.

In fact, he initially decided to delay his family’s move to Sweden and was instead making the long-distance commute.