Stephen Carlisle

Stephen K. Carlisle was appointed President and Managing Director of GM Canada on November 20, 2014, returning to Canada over 30 years after first starting his career in Oshawa.

During this time, Carlisle has held a number of senior leadership positions at General Motors that have taken him across the globe, including Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management, 2010-2014; Vice President of U.S. Sales Operations, 2010; and President and Managing Director of Southeast Asia Operations, 2007-2010.

Born and raised in Woodstock, Ontario, Carlisle began his GM career in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant. After earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1986, his first full-time assignment was in advanced manufacturing engineering, again in Oshawa. After various positions in materials management, Carlisle moved to the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM group in Warren, Michigan, in 1991, on a special assignment focused on product simplification, followed by a subsequent assignment in advanced product engineering.

In 1995, Carlisle was appointed Director of the GM Decision Support Center, and in 1996, became program planning director for the Midsize Truck Vehicle Line Executive team, located in Pontiac, Michigan.  After progressively more senior roles in Planning and Program Management, Carlisle became Executive Director of Program Management for GM North America in 2001, before moving to Asia as the Vice President of Product Planning and Program Management for Asia-Pacific in 2002.

Carlisle is an active business leader, currently serving on the Ontario Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; the Dean’s Advisory Council, University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering; and the Advanced Technology Committee of Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, as Chair.  In the past, he has held the position of Chair for the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association, from 2014 to 2016, has served as a member of Business Leaders of Michigan, and has been a member of the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.

Carlisle also holds a Master in Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Despite many years abroad, Carlisle remains an avid hockey enthusiast, and has enjoyed returning to the GM Canada Salaried Hockey League.