New Zealand-born Dan Ammann is the President of General Motors, a role he has held since January 2014. As President, he is responsible for “managing the company’s business operations around the world, the global Chevrolet and Cadillac brand organizations, global product planning, new business development and GM Financial.” As at January 2017, GM was Number 8 on the Fortune 500, with 219,000 staff and a market capitalisation of $58 billion.
Dan currently sits on the board of Shanghai General Motors, GM’s largest Chinese joint venture, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and Lyft Inc., and is the Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board. He is also a certified industry pool test driver at the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in Germany.
Dan joined GM in April 2010 as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, where his first assignment was helping lead the $23 billion GM IPO (the largest in the world at the time) alongside fellow Kiwi, Chris Liddell.
Before joining GM, Dan was Managing Director and Head of Industrial Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley, where he was instrumental in many high-profile assignments including advising GM during its 2009 restructuring. He holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (First Class) from the University of Waikato. Until recently the Chief Financial Officer of WME/IMG, Chris Liddell was recently appointed to U.S. President Trump’s Executive team, as Director of Strategic Initiatives. Chris Liddell is the Chairman of Xero and the Next Foundation.
Amongst New Zealand’s most accomplished businesspeople on the international stage, some of his former roles include:
– Senior Vice President and CFO of Microsoft worldwide (2005 – 2009), where he was responsible for “leading Microsoft Corp.’s worldwide finance organization and overseeing accounting and reporting, strategic planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, and investor relations”
– Vice Chairman and CFO of General Motors, where he led its $23 billion IPO
– CFO of International Paper Co. the world’s largest forest products company, where he was responsible for “strategic planning, accounting, tax, treasury, risk management, pension plan and internal audit”
– CEO and (separately) CFO of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd.
– Managing Director and joint CEO for CS First Boston New Zealand.
Chris holds an engineering degree from the University of Auckland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.