MIAMI LAKES, Fla. -- General Motors has appointed
Gualterio (Walter) Wieland to succeed Frederick A. (Fritz) Henderson as president and
managing director of General Motors do Brasil.
Wieland, 57, will
report to Henderson, whose appointment as group vice president of GM and president of GM
Latin America, Africa and Mid-East (LAAM), was announced on March 29. Henderson will
succeed Richard C. Nerod, who is retiring.
appointment is effective July 1, has been executive director of the LAAM Andean region,
consisting principally of GM operations in Venezuela, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador.
"Walter is an
outstanding executive with extensive experience in our South American business
operations," said Henderson. "His experience and leadership qualities will serve
GM well in the continuing resurgence of our business in this part of the world."
leadership, the Andean regional operations in 1999 successfully stemmed the tide of
financial losses due to a dramatic market downturn in various South American countries,
implemented successful restructuring strategies to size the business to market conditions,
and maintained GM market leadership in each
country, despite increased competition.
As the new head of
GM do Brasil, Wieland also will assume Henderson's previous responsibilities for oveseeing
GM operations not only in Brazil but also Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The four
countries comprise the Mercosur region of South America.
General Motors in Argentina in 1968 and subsequently progressed through several sales
positions there as well as in Uruguay and Puerto Rico. In 1982, Wieland was promoted to
director of sales and marketing for GM in Colombia. He was appointed vehicles sales
manager at GM do Brasil in 1986, rising to director of marketing and sales there in 1989.
executive appointments included being named managing director of GM Colmotores in
Colombia, GM Venezolana in Venezuela, and director of the Andean region in GM's Latin
American Operations in 1995. He was named executive director of the Andean region in 1999.
Wieland was born
May 9, 1943, in Argentina. He studied law in that country before joining GM on July 22,
1968. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.