General Motors Corp. hopes to quickly replace Oldsmobile Marketing General Manager Karen C. Francis, who departed for another job last week, in order to quell employee apprehension about the division's future, a problem that arose earlier this year when Cadillac was left without a chief for several weeks. Speculation that Olds and Cadillac will merge — a theory seemingly put to rest more than a year ago — emerged again within GM last week after Ms. Francis, 37, left for a position with ...

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