Ally names Jeffrey Brown to substitute Muir as CEO of dealer financial unit

Ally Monetary Inc. has appointed Jeffrey Brown as CEO of Ally Dealer Fiscal Companies, succeeding the veteran Bill Muir, who will retire later on this yr.

Brown, 41, nicknamed “JB,” was senior executive vice president of finance and corporate organizing. He joined Ally in 2009. His existing fiscal responsibilities will be transferred to Ally CFO Chris Halmy, the firm mentioned.

“JB is a verified leader and has been a critical force in assisting to apply Ally’s strategic transformation,” CEO Michael Carpenter stated in a statement on Thursday.

In the 4th quarter of 2013, Ally was the No. 3 U.S. car loan company by volume, primarily based on new and used vehicles combined, in accordance to Experian Automotive.

Shifting instances

“Ally is lucky to have a very strong management crew that has assisted to manual the organization by way of a highly complex transformation in excess of current years,” Carpenter mentioned in the statement.

Muir, 59, is expected to keep for “an orderly transition of responsibilities above the coming months,” and retire “by 12 months finish,” the organization mentioned.

“Bill has been instrumental in transitioning Ally’s Dealer Monetary Companies company from its captive roots to a market-driven competitor that stays a leader in the business. I want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and his dedication to the company and Ally’s dealer customers,” Carpenter mentioned.

Been close to

Muir has been a fixture at GM and its then-captive finance business GMAC considering that first joining the GM treasurer’s workplace in New York in 1983.

He at first joined GMAC in 1992. Except for a stint with what was then GM’s Delphi Automotive Methods, he has been with the auto loan company because then. He was named GMAC CFO in 1998, and president of GMAC in 2004.

GM offered a majority stake in GMAC in 2006 but kept a minority stake. As element of a government bailout in late 2008, GMAC grew to become a financial institution holding firm, later renamed Ally Fiscal. GM offered the final of its stake in Ally in December 2013.

The lender expects to get out its remaining shares belonging to the U.S. Treasury and finish repaying its taxpayer bailout this year, probably as part of an initial public offering.

You can attain Jim Henry at autonews@crain.com.

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