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Thomas Sedran (Photo: GM)

General Motors appointed Thomas Sedran deputy CEO at Opel and said he will de facto run the day-to-day operations of the German brand until a permanent CEO has been found.

GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky will continue to be interim CEO following the sudden departure last week of CEO Karl Friedrich Stracke. But GM is looking for a permanent appointment to the top Opel job.

Sedran, 47, will continue to run Opel operations, business development and strategy. The former management consultant took on these responsibilities April 1.

GM is keen to restore Opel to profitability and has put pressure on management to come up with a credible action plan to do so.

"We are working on the corporate plan we laid out and will continue to improve it," said Girksy. "We plan to reduce bureaucracy and change the culture of the company."

Stracke, a company veteran, will take on special assignments for GM and report directly to GM CEO Dan Akerson.