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Mark Reuss headed back to Detroit


GM Announces Leadership Appointments and Retirements

DETROIT- General Motors Company today announced the final round of senior leadership appointments and retirements. These moves, in addition to those announced earlier this month, create the simplified leadership team announced by GM president and CEO Fritz Henderson on July 10.
"Our goal was to streamline our leadership team and put some of our best executives in positions where they can use their diverse perspectives and extensive global experience to create the new GM," said Henderson.
"The new GM leadership team includes people who have excelled in every area of the auto business, in every region of the world. This new GM team's experience is unmatched, and it will be invaluable as we renew our commitment to building and selling great cars and trucks and serving the needs of customers around the globe."
Reuss to lead global engineering
Mark Reuss, who most recently served as president and managing director of Holden in Australia, will be named vice president, global vehicle engineering. Reuss will replace Jim Queen, group vice president, global engineering, and Ed Koerner, GM North American vice president, engineering, who have elected to retire October 1.
Reuss, 45, joined GM in 1983 as a student intern in the noise and vibration laboratory, and has worked in a variety of vehicle development positions. He was named executive director, architecture engineering and GM Performance Division in 2001, executive director of North American vehicle systems and architecture in 2005, and executive director, global vehicle integration, safety and virtual development in 2006, before joining Holden in 2008. A long-time performance car enthusiast, Reuss is also a certified for the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany.
Queen, 60, joined GM in 1977 following six years as a U.S. Marine aviator, and served in a number of vehicle and powertrain engineering positions. In 2001, he was named vice president, GM North America engineering, and assumed responsibility for global engineering in 2005. In both positions, Queen was instrumental in GM's successful transition to a global product development organization.
Koerner, 59, joined GM in 1969 as a lab technician at Oldsmobile. He held various vehicle engineering positions at Oldsmobile and the Buick-Pontiac-Oldsmobile division until 1987, when he joined GM Powertrain as an assistant chief engineer. Following several assignments in chassis and powertrain engineering, including chief engineer for the legendary small-block V8, Koerner was name executive director, engine engineering in 2002, and GM powertrain vice president, engineering operations, in 2003. He was appointed GM North America vice president, engineering, in 2005.
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About General Motors: General Motors Company, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 235,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and Germany. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors Company acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors Company can be found at

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Don't hold your breath, but Mark Reuss won't be happy with only engineering Congressional Mandated econoboxes. Expect GM to stay at the forefront of performance engineeering. Sure, they had the perfect sales vehicle for that in Pontiac but Mark is young. Somewhere in archival post-land I stated, when Mark went to Holden, that one day he woujld ascend to the top (at the time, Rick Wagoner's job). I still believe he is headed that direction and when an engineer is back in charge instead of beancounters once again GM will exude performance.
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One can only hope.

Maybe he and Lutz can tag team ol' Fritz and show him the light.

...and then Congress will vote themselves a pay cut and actually do the jobs their voters elected them to do. The next day Hell will freeze over.

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