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Dan Ammann, CEO of GM’s Cruise Autonomous-Automobile Unit, Is Leaving the Firm

Dan Ammann, CEO of GM’s Cruise Autonomous-Automobile Unit, Is Leaving the Firm

Dan Ammann,

chief govt of

Normal Motors Co.

’s Cruise autonomous-vehicle unit, is leaving the corporate, GM mentioned, a high-profile departure from GM Chief Govt

Mary Barra’s

govt crew.

GM mentioned Thursday that Cruise president and founder

Kyle Vogt

will function the division’s interim CEO, with out elaborating on Ammann’s departure. Mr. Ammann couldn’t be reached for remark.

Mr. Ammann, a New Zealand native, spent a number of years as GM’s president earlier than transferring on to run Cruise in early 2019. Whereas GM’s president and Ms. Barra’s No. 2 govt, Mr. Ammann was credited with shaping a method to shrink GM’s world footprint, together with the sale of its European enterprise, to sharpen its give attention to electrical and driverless know-how.

In October, Mr. Ammann outlined for traders an formidable goal for Cruise to roll out hundreds of robotic taxis throughout U.S. cities within the coming years. He informed analysts at a GM investor convention that he noticed a path for Cruise to realize $50 billion in income by the top of the last decade.

GM mentioned in an announcement Thursday that it could speed up the technique that Mr. Ammann laid out to traders. GM’s shares had been down 2.4% Thursday in after-hours buying and selling.

Mr. Ammann led GM’s 2016 acquisition of Cruise for about $1 billion. The San Francisco firm has grown to about 2,000 staff from about 40 and has attracted huge traders, together with Japan’s

SoftBank Group Corp.


Microsoft Corp.

and strategic investor

Honda Motor Co.

Cruise was valued at about $30 billion earlier this 12 months, GM mentioned. Analysts have been inspired by Cruise’s potential, saying within the wake of GM’s investor day that the unit’s market value may someday eclipse that of GM itself.

“If Cruise achieves its targets, it may arguably see a path to valuation within the tons of of billions,” Credit score Suisse analyst

Dan Levy


Cruise, which has been testing self-driving vehicles for years on San Francisco streets, is seen by analysts as a pacesetter in autonomous-vehicle know-how. Nonetheless, like many different driverless-car builders, it delayed commercialization plans in recent times amid the technical challenges of refining robotic vehicles.

Mr. Ammann joined GM as treasurer in 2010 after a decade as an funding banker at Morgan Stanley. He was closely concerned in GM’s preliminary public providing that 12 months and shortly was named CFO at age 38.

Additionally this week, GM mentioned its head of innovation, engineer

Pam Fletcher,

will go away to grow to be

Delta Air Traces Inc.’s

chief sustainability officer.

Write to Mike Colias at

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Appeared within the December 17, 2021, print version as ‘GM Cruise Unit Boss To Depart Firm.’

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