Soemmer is responsible for setting the luxury brand’s strategy and continuing its ambitious transformation plans across its 10 Middle East markets.
He takes the reins from former Cadillac Middle East MD, Felix Weller who was appointed to the role of Vice President for Cadillac Europe earlier in the year.
Soemmer leads Cadillac after seven years with Audi Middle East, where he served most recently as Sales Director. The German national comes from an extensive sales and operational background in the premium automotive industry, having started his career with Daimler AG in Germany.
Such experience is well suited to Cadillac’s ambitions as it continues a product offensive to more than double the number of models available in its lineup over the next five years.
“We are pleased to have someone of Christian’s caliber and expertise on board to lead Cadillac’s strong vision for this region,” said Mario A. Spangenberg, President and Managing Director for General Motors Africa and Middle East.
Over the last two years, Cadillac has undergone a significant shift in direction – using sophisticated design, technology and an authentic attitude to appeal to independently minded individuals. The brand recently announced a 12 billion dollar investment to support its global expansion plans.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of Cadillac,” said Soemmer.
“We’re breaking the mold to move beyond the boundaries of what an automaker traditionally is, to become a true luxury lifestyle brand. It is a daring play, but one we are taking very seriously.”
“Our focus for our Middle East markets is on having a genuine connection with those who look to set themselves apart, to drive something bold and sophisticated, and to have a great customer experience,” he added.
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. Described as luxurious, having a bold and daring personality, being tough and strong as well as safe and powerful, Cadillac has maintained an iconic presence for over 85 years in the Middle East.
The Cadillac portfolio in the Middle East for 2017 features award-winning passenger cars ATS, ATS Coupe, CTS, XTS and the first ever CT6 prestige sedan. It also features the Escalade SUV and XT5 luxury crossover.