GM appoints president for North America, announces leadership changes
Mark Reuss is named president of GM North America. Mr. Reuss was appointed president and managing director of GM Holden Ltd, effective February 1, 2008. He began his career with General Motors in 1983 as a university student intern with the Noise Vibration Laboratory at the Milford Proving Ground, where he developed valve trains for V6 engines. He joined the former Flint Automotive Division in 1986 as an associate car development engineer for powertrain calibration, and then became a project engineer, developing the ride and handling for many GM luxury car programs.
Mr. Reuss was named senior project engineer, body engineering, in 1990 and worked as a body shop product and process engineer on bodyside frame metal in the large front-drive plants, launching new body shops until 1994. was named executive director, architecture engineering and GM Performance Division in June 2001. He started the new GM Performance Division and launched associated production and racing vehicles.
In October 2005, Mr. Reuss was appointed executive director of North America vehicle systems and architecture. He held all release engineering responsibilities for North America vehicles in all functions of the vehicle. The following year, he was named executive director of global vehicle integration, safety, and virtual development. He had responsibility for all areas of vehicle integration/performance, safety, and math design/analysis application for GM product programs worldwide.
Mr. Reuss received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and a master's degree in business administration from Duke University in 1990. Mr. Reuss is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the famed Nürburgring motorsport race track in Nürburg, Germany, and has earned his license for Grand American Road Racing.
Susan E. Docherty is appointed vice president, Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing operations. Also aligned under the new North American group will be Diana D. Tremblay, who is named vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Relations. Tremblay was most recently vice president of Labor Relations. Denise C. Johnson is named vice president, Labor Relations. Johnson was most recently vehicle line director and chief engineer for Global Small Cars.
Nick Reilly is named president, GM Europe. Reilly has been leading the restructuring efforts in Europe with the Opel/Vauxhall operations and will leave his role leading GM International Operations. Tim Lee is named president of GM International Operations, overseeing GM's Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and Middle East operations. Lee was most recently group vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Relations. Bob Lutz remains vice chairman and will act as advisor on design and global product development. ■