The President of General Motors North America, Mark Reuss, will assume his new position as executive vice president Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply chain on January 15. Reuss is confident heading into the new post, which he considers his “dream job”.
“For the first time in my career, I don’t have to go in and reorganize,” the 50-year old told WardsAuto in an interview. “We’ve got the best product development organization in the world, and you see it in the new cars and trucks we’re putting out there.”
In his new position, Reuss will be in charge of developing GM’s product, including vehicle engineering and design, as well as powertrains marketed in over 120 countries, while overseeing a yearly purchasing budget of over $75 billion and managing a supply chain that encompasses thousands of parts suppliers worldwide.
Reuss succeeds Mary Barra in the role, who was recently named GM’s Chief Executive Officer. The work performed by Barra in Reuss’ new position, which includes improving overall product quality and customer satisfaction as well as yielding acclaimed new products such as the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, Impala and award-winning Cadillac CTS. This foundation should give Reuss room to focus on unifying global platforms and powertrains, such as the upcoming D2XX (which will merge Delta and Theta), E2XX (merging Epsilon and Lambda), and creating Omega.
“I’m accelerating the progress,” said Reuss. “Getting things on the common platforms we’ve designed, getting the right number of speeds in our transmissions, the right powertrains and the right fuel economy.”
Reuss’ remarks came after announcing a $600 million investment for GM’s oldest plant, Flint Assembly, which is just a few blocks from where he began his career with The General at the former Buick City Manufacturing Complex. The investment brings the year to a close, which Reuss says was a “historic” twelve months for GM, with the appointment of Barra and the Federal Government selling its remaining stake in the automaker.
“It’s been a lot of hard work and it’s starting to pay off,” Reuss said. “We’re not done. We’ve got to keep doing it, keep earning it. I feel better about the company than I have in my whole career.”