Opel’s sales chief Alfred Rieck resigns, replaced temporarily by Vauxhall boss image

Opel has announced that its sales chief Alfred Rieck has resigned after nearly seven months in office.

56-year-old Rieck will be temporarily replaced by Duncan Aldred (pictured), currently Chairman and Managing Director, Vauxhall Motors. 43-year-old Aldred was named Acting Opel/Vauxhall Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales in addition to his current position, effective immediately.

“We respect Alfred Rieck’s decision and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Day in and day out, Duncan Aldred delivers clear proof that our business plan works and our attractive models are the key to success,” said Opel Supervisory Board Chairman Steve Girsky in a press release.

Appointed Managing Director in January 2010, Aldred has been successfully building the Vauxhall brand, which is now the fastest-growing retail brand in the United Kingdom. Before Rieck came to Opel to manage its sales and marketing operations in July last year, he was president of Skoda’s Chinese subsidiary.

According to German business daily Handelsblatt, Rieck’s successor is likely to be Karl-Thomas Neumann, current Volkswagen Group China CEO. He is tipped to start work at Opel starting March 1.