Saab USA’s new head honcho, Steve Shannon, has posted his first article at GM’s Fastlane weblog.
It’s a “hi, how are you” piece that gives us a little of his background. He stops short of providing his full CV (which I guess he did at the interview) but gives us the positive news of knowing how to get things done.
There’s not a lot more I can say about it without just regurgitating it here. One thing, though – when Jay arrived there were trumpets blaring from various places due to his previous experience with Caddy and the consequent success that Caddy had, which gave some reassurance about him. Jay had also replaced Debra Kelly-Ennis, who’s “Gee Wizz” thoughts showed something less than an ideal understanding of Saab.
There’s no trumpets here. What we have is an appointment that has to be taken on trust. Which is fine as long as it works out. Steve says it as follows:
I understand that I need to prove myself, and that it may take a while. Please be patient with me as I learn the ropes around here. But I am confident that if you give me a chance, you’ll like what you see.
He’s writing this address quite directly to the Saab community, so go have a read and make your own impression.
Welcome to the family, Steve.
And while we’re talking about GM – there’s a Flickr set on the Saab display currently on show at GM’s headquarters in Detroit.