Maserati has announced the appointment of a long term Chrysler manager, Robert Graczyk, as the new President and CEO of Maserati North America. Graczyk replaces Mark McNabb, who, according to Maserati, "has left the company to pursue other opportunities"

McNabb was appointed President and CEO of Maserati North America in June 1, 2009, having arrived at the Trident following stints at GM and Nissan. Just under a year later he added the Worldwide Director's position to his responsibilities. McNabb's arrival slowed down the revolving door of North American Maserati bosses, however Italiaspeed understands that McNabb had his contract terminated.

Most recently, Graczyk was Director of Sales of Chrysler Group for the APAC (Asia Pacific) Region. He joined Chrysler in 1985 and has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in the United States, Mexico and Latin America.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Bob to Maserati. He brings nearly 27 years of broad leadership and industry experience. His background and international expertise will be a great foundation on which to further develop our Company in North America,” said Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati.

Maserati is currently engaged in the most intense product offensive in its history, with the launches this year of the new Quattroporte and its first ever entry in the full size sedan segment with the Maserati Ghibli. In North America Maserati was looking to double its sales this year with further large sales increases hoped for in 2014; losing the incumbent President and CEO is likely to have a knock-on effect on these ambitious plans.

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