SCUSA President Steve Shannon Manages Premium Brands

Posted on 17. Oct, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Company, Detroit, Michigan

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

Saab Automobile USA President, Steve Shannon has left his position as General Manager after only 1 year 6 months of tenure, however he will be continuing in a similiar capacity while taking on additional responsibilities.

Update:

According to Saab Automobile USA Communications recently, Steve Shannon will, in addition to managing of the Saab Automobile USA brand, will now also be responsible for managing the “premium brands” which consist of Cadillac as well as Hummer.

With the tenure of less than his predecessor solely in a Saab-only capacity, Jay Spenchian at 2 years, I wonder what this means now that he’ll be working with other brands in addition to Saab.

The other big question I have here is, why can’t there be someone leading Saab Automobile USA that spends 100% of their time on Saab? I’ve been running this resource full-time for the past year and a half now, so with all of the work I have and all the work that needs to be done, I would believe that there is much more work in the capacity of a general manager at Saab USA.

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3 Responses to “SCUSA President Steve Shannon Manages Premium Brands”

  1. Ted Y

    18. Oct, 2008

    “The other big question I have here is, why can’t there be someone leading Saab Automobile USA that spends 100% of their time on Saab? I’ve been running this resource full-time for the past year and a half now, so with all of the work I have and all the work that needs to be done, I would believe that there is much more work in the capacity of a general manager at Saab USA.”

    Good point. However, I’m wondering if anyone there actually does anything anymore.

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  2. Ryan

    18. Oct, 2008

    Ted,

    Thanks. It’s just so surprising that someone that has been focused on Saab now is going to also spend time with Cadillac and Hummer.

    There must have been 40-60hrs/week worth of work as a general manager of Saab USA, I just can’t believe that was not the case.

    I am just surprised that Steve Shannon is now in a position to try and do the same workload with two other car brands.

    I think this new workload must equate to about about 120 to 180/hrs a week which is impossible, I would say.

    So, realistically, could one deduce that the workload is split to maybe a 1/3 of a normal week’s work across three brands?

    Here’s an example that I think we need to think about here that is relevent to this situation:

    How would this resource (Saab History) that I run be, if I had a Hummer & Cadillac section, seriously? Wouldn’t that raise big questions, etc?

    What are your additional thoughts?

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  3. maritsaab

    18. Oct, 2008

    Sigh. Another one bites the dust…

    I was at a Saab exclusive dealer today, and from the looks of the cars on the lot, not much actual work is being done. The lot was devoid of customers, and there were rows and rows of 9-3s, loads of Trollblazers (9-7x’s) and two 9-5s. Everything looked the same as it ever has, so no wonder Mr. Shannon is leaving to go to the “premium” division. Maybe there is more happening there. Either way, taking on additional brands outside of Saab, can’t possibly help the current situation. I don’t believe it will bring additional synergy to the brand, it will only bring a dillution of the brand.

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