GM puts an engineer in charge of North America

General Motors has put an engineer in charge of its North American operations following a shake-up at the top of its organization in December. GM chairman Ed Whitacre named engineering chief Mark Reuss the new head of GM’s North American operations in a video conference with GM employees. Reuss recently was named GM’s head of engineering, and before that headed up the GM Holden oper...
January 1, 2010

General Motors has put an engineer in charge of its North American operations following a shake-up at the top of its organization in December.

GM chairman Ed Whitacre named engineering chief Mark Reuss the new head of GM’s North American operations in a video conference with GM employees.

Reuss recently was named GM’s head of engineering, and before that headed up the GM Holden operations in Australia.

The move was announced following the resignation of CEO Fritz Henderson.

“I want to give people more responsibility and authority deeper in the organization and then hold them accountable,” Whitacre said. “We’ve realigned our leadership duties and responsibilities to help us meet our mission to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles.”

Reuss 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.

In October 2005, 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.