GM Details Management ShuffleBy Michelle Krebs December 4, 2009
General Motors made official a number of key leadership changes, including the elevation of Mark Reuss, a 46-year-old engineer and "car guy," to president of GM North America, Nick Reilly to president of GM Europe and Vice Chairman Bob Lutz becomes an advisor on design and product development.
"I want to give people more responsibility and authority deeper in the organization and then hold them accountable," said GM chairman and interim CEO Ed Whitacre, in a statement. "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 served ever so briefly as vice president of global engineering after being brought back early as head of Holden in Australia.
Sales and marketing will be combined under Susan Docherty, who recently replaced Mark LaNeve as head of U.S. sales. She now is vice president in charge of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing operations. She reports to Reuss.
Also part of the new North American group are:
- Diana D. Tremblay, formerly vice president of labor relations, is now vice president, manufacturing and labor relations.
- Denise C. Johnson becomes vice president of labor relations. She was most recently vehicle line director and chief engineer for Global Small Cars, including the Chevrolet Cruze.
- 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 president of GM International Operations. He will oversee GM's Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and Middle East operations. He was most recently waws group vice president, manufacturing and labor relations, a role Tremblay now fills.
- Lutz remains vice chairman and will act as advisor on design and global product development.
- Thomas G. Stephens remains vice chairman of Global Product Operations, and will now take on global purchasing in his organization, which will continue to be lead by Robert E. Socia, vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
- Karl-Friedrich Stracke is appointed vice president, Engineering, reporting to Stephens. Stracke was most recently executive director of Engineering.
- J. Christopher Preuss, vice president, communications, now reports to Whitacre; he previously reported to Lutz.
GM said the balance of the direct report staff remains unchanged and includes CFO Ray G. Young; John F. Smith, vice president Corporate Planning and Alliances; Terry Kline, vice president IS&S; Mary T. Barra, vice president Human Resources; Mike Millikin, vice president of Legal; and Ken C. Cole, vice president Government Relations and Public Policy.