As the motor industry awaits the announcement of General Motors’ takeover of Delta, the Port Elizabeth company’s managing director, Willie van Wyk, said he would step down.

As the motor industry awaits the announcement of General Motors’ takeover of Delta, the Port Elizabeth company’s managing director, Willie van Wyk, said he would step down.


Delta announced in October that General Motors had entered into negotiations with Delta with a view to acquiring the remaining 51 per cent of the manufacturer. GM purchased 49 per cent of Delta in 1997 and, following the conclusion of the recent negotiations, the matter has been referred to the Competitions Commission for approval.


Formal announcements would be made at a series of meetings with all stakeholders in Johannesburg next week, Delta corporate communications manager Denise van Huyssteen said.


However, both manufacturers appear confident that the deal will be approved - General Motors on Wednesday announced that Van Wyk, who “had elected to leave the company in order to pursue other interests”, would be replaced by Bob Socia (who will be appointed president and managing director of General Motors South Africa (GMSA). Jeffrey McGuire will be appointed director of human resources of GMSA, General Motors said.


“During the course of negotiations I advised our Board of Directors and General Motors that I wished to relinquish all duties with the company,” Van Wyk said.


”My successor will be Bob Socia, until most recently a Vice President of GM Europe in charge of Worldwide Purchasing in Russelsheim. He has arrived in South Africa with his family and will be formally introduced next week.


“Over the next few months I will be assisting Bob to achieve a smooth transition as our business enters a new phase,” he added.


“Willie Van Wyk started at Delta as director of sales and marketing and his leadership and performance led to his appointment as managing director in 1992,” said Maureen Kempston Darkes, GM group vice president and president of GM’s Latin America, Africa, Middle East region. “He has done a great job of leading Delta to a prominent place in the industry and leaves a very solid, competitive company.”


Socia, 49, began his career with the Cadillac Division of General Motors in 1975 in finance before moving into the purchasing function. He has held a number of purchasing and materials management positions for the former BOC Group, Cadillac and GM do Brasil before becoming executive director of chemicals at GM’s worldwide purchasing.


McGuire, 36, was the personnel director of GM’s Fort Wayne Truck Assembly Plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He began his career with GM as a college graduate in training at the Shreveport, Louisiana Truck Assembly Plant in 1989.


He worked in a variety of positions in human resources and labour relations in GM’s truck group and in January 2001 was appointed personnel director of GM’s Linden Assembly Plant. He moved to the Fort Wayne operation in April 2002.

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