William Mott, 43, has been appointed Managing Director of Opel Australia effective 1 November 2011.

Mr Mott has spent the majority of his career in Europe and the last 16 years with Opel, most recently as Group Marketing Manager Mini and Small Cars at Adam Opel Haus in Rüsselsheim.

Opel’s Executive Director of International Operations, Michael Klaus, said Mr Mott brought in-depth marketing and international experience to Opel Australia.

“Bill’s current portfolio includes Corsa and new generation Meriva and he has excellent international experience leading marketing functions in Germany, Switzerland and Portugal,” he said.

“This is an exciting time for Opel and Bill’s experience makes him ideal to lead the organisation and to launch the Opel brand in Australia.”

Part of GM’s International Operations structure, Opel Australia will be co-located with GM sister brand Holden in its Port Melbourne headquarters and will launch in the second half of 2012. Mr Mott will report directly to Mr Klaus, and maintain close working relationships with GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux.

Mr Mott was born in Norway, speaks fluent English, German and Portuguese and has a Masters in Business Administration from the American Graduate School of International Management. He is married with a young daughter.