After being appointed President of GM Europe during GM’s December management shakeup, Nick Reilly will also take over as chief executive of Opel and sister brand Vauxhall. Reilly replaces Carl-Peter Forster, who decided to leave the company back in November when GM reversed its decision to sell the German automaker (read: he’s opposed to GM ownership).
Reilly was instrumental in Opel negotiations with the German government and served as GM executive vice president and president of GM International Operations. He also held positions as chairman of both the GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Company and Shanghai GM.
Most recently, Reilly told reporters that a minicar for Opel is a “top priority” and that the Ampera PHEV (Opel/Vauxhall-badged Chevy Volt) will eventually be produced in Europe.