DETROIT – General Motors has named Ed Peper, formerly general sales manager for the Cadillac brand, to the position of General Manager, Fleet and Commercial Operations.
Brian Small has been named to the position of General Manager, U.S. Sales Support Operations, for the company, where he will be working with GM’s dealer network. Small is taking over the position from Jim Bunnell, who was named to the position of VP Dealer Network and Sales Operations for Chevrolet/Cadillac in Europe.
Peper joined the company’s Cadillac division in 1984, and has held many different field sales and marketing management positions with General Motors.
Peper has served as General Sales Manager of Cadillac since August, 2009 and is responsible for leading the Cadillac field organization and dealers. Prior to moving to Cadillac, he served as North American vice president of Chevrolet since June, 2008. In addition, he was previously general manager of Chevrolet, regional general manager for the General Motors Northeast Region, and vice president of sales for Saab Cars, USA.
Peper holds a bachelor's degree in English from Hillsdale College and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
Brian Small has been the executive director of GM’s fleet and commercial operations since February, 2010. Prior to that role, Small was general director for GM's North America Order Fulfillment and Global Supply Chain Center, a post that included supporting fleet activities.
Small joined GM in 1979, having spent most of his career in vehicle sales, service, and marketing roles. Representing GM's four core brands - Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC - he has worked in key markets across the U.S., according to a GM statement.
Based in Detroit, Small is a 1978 Michigan Tech graduate and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland in 2006.
Bunnell also joined GM in 1979, starting with the company’s Pontiac division. After roles in finance, manufacturing, planning, and sales with that division, he joined GM’s North American Operations in the product planning organization, working in sales for the Pontiac brand up through 2000.
He was named regional general manager of GM's Northeast Region in 2003, and most recently to the position of general manager of GM Dealer Network and Sales Support in 2009.
Bunnell earned a bachelor's degree from State University of New York and a master's degree from Indiana University.
By Greg Basich
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