Motors North America Inc.â€™s Rich Gilligan, co-president and co-CEO, is retiring tomorrow, the auto maker says.
Gilligan, 62, arrived at MMNA in January 2005, after the sudden departure the previous month of Finnbar Oâ€™Neill, MMNAâ€™s former CEO.
Gilligan was president and chief operating officer ofâ€™s sole North American assembly plant in Normal, IL, for seven years.
Earlier this year, the auto maker placed Hiroshi Harunari in the co-president and co-CEO roles with Gilligan.
â€śI feel completely comfortable retiring to spend some long overdue time with my family. MMNA is in very good hands,â€ť Gilligan says in a statement. He plans to relocate from California to the southeast U.S.
â€śI firmly believe that Hiroshi Harunari has business headed in the right direction at MMNA, and I expect great things for the company's hardworking employees and committed dealers,â€ť he says.
Gilligan started out in the auto industry as a line worker atMotor Co.â€™s Mahwah, NJ, plant, eventually rising to managerial positions within Ford manufacturing before joining Mitsubishi.