General Motors announced an executive leadership transition in Thailand, effective immediately. In an expanded role, Sumito Ishii, managing director, GM Vietnam, has assumed leadership responsibility for GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand as interim managing director. Wail A. Farghaly, previously managing director, GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand, has elected to leave General Motors to pursue other opportunities. A permanent replacement will be announced at a later date.
“When leadership changes occur, our priority is always to ensure a smooth and efficient business transition,” said Stefan Jacoby, GM executive vice president and president, GM International. “Ishii has the right experience and knowledge of our operations to step in immediately. With our Southeast Asian strategy focused on trucks and SUVs, we are confident that Ishii will drive further business success in Thailand, as he has done in Vietnam.”
Ishii joined GM in 1996 from Toyota Motor Corporation, where he had served in dealer support and new vehicle launch readiness. From 1998 to 2003, Ishii was assigned to new product development programs at GM North America. During this period, Ishii also worked on strategic partnership projects with other automotive manufacturers. When he returned to Japan in 2003, Ishii held various senior positions at GM Japan, including the position of managing director. He has been in Vietnam since August 2016.