General Motors president Mark Reuss has been given an SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award for his career accomplishments and philanthropic efforts.
Reuss was named president of GM in January of this year after formerly leading the company’s product department and helping to lead Cadillac’s global growth initiatives. Reuss is a life-long GM employee and has held numerous executive leadership positions with the company, including executive director of the automaker’s performance division and chairman and managing director of Holden, among more. His role was recently expanded, with the 55-year old now overseeing all of the company’s operating regions, including North America, South America, China and International.
In a prepared statement, the SAE Foundation said Reuss “is recognized for leading advancements in global automotive product development and engineering as well as his philanthropic commitments to revitalizing the Detroit metro area.” Some of his charitable efforts include spearheading a $27.1 million grant to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to improve graduation rates at Detroit-area high schools and helping establish the GM Student Corps, an internship and career development program for youth in Detroit and Flint. He also helped bring the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix back to the city, which has had a major economic impact on the state of Michigan.
“Mark Reuss embodies the spirit of our Industry Leadership Award and we’re proud to honor him with this recognition. His enthusiasm and meaningful contributions to the mobility industry serve as an inspiration that our future leaders aspire to for years to come,” added SAW Foundation director, Lori Gatmaitan. “Not only has Mark made significant contributions to the mobility industry through his roles at General Motors, but he has also championed the development of the mobility community and future automotive engineers by spearheading events and creating student development programs for underserved youth in metro Detroit and Flint.”
The SAE Foundation says Reuss will be formally recognized with the lifetime achievement award at the SAE Foundation Annual Celebration on May 14, 2020.