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 this week.
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 on Friday.
As reported by the Associated Press , 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, on Tuesday.
"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.
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.
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. He was then named total vehicle engineer of the Oldsmobile Aurora and Buick Riviera later that same year, followed by total vehicle engineer positions on the Buick Park Avenue, Buick LeSabre, Oldsmobile Aurora, and Pontiac Bonneville. Reuss was then appointed vehicle line director for crossovers, with total responsibility for the crossover programs and launch at GM’s Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico.
Reuss 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. This responsibility included all production engineering in the creative design studios and concept vehicle production for auto shows.
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.