One Sunday a number of years ago
, I was assigned to interview a GM executive just ahead of the start of an American Le Mans Series race at Mosport as Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was known at the time. I arrived in GM’s hospitality area, where the exec immediately greeted me himself and explained that he had a super tight timeline due to a family birthday party in Detroit in just a few hours. “Can we just have a few beers and watch some race cars?” Who was I to deny one of the coolest, most influential guys at General Motors, a guy whose passion for racing is unequalled. That guy was Mark Reuss
General Motors isn’t a very popular topic in Canada, or parts of the States for that matter, right now, so it is pleasing to hear some really good news coming from the General.
Mark Reuss has been named President of General Motors, effective immediately. Reuss has most recently been head of GM’s Global Product Group and Cadillac. Under his new title, he will now oversee global quality initiatives.
GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra
says “Mark’s global operational experience, deep product knowledge and strong leadership will serve us well as we continue to strengthen our current business, take advantage of growth opportunities and further define the future of personal mobility,”
Barra adds, “Mark has played a critical role in leading the development of the company’s award-winning vehicles while transitioning his team to prepare for growing electrification and autonomous technologies.”
Ruess comments that “I am very proud to have spent my entire career at General Motors, and to now take on this new role is truly a great honor. With our current lineup of outstanding cars, trucks and crossovers around the world, I’m looking forward to keeping our momentum going at full speed.”
For a company which has dedicated itself to electric vehicles and driverless cars, having such a passionate motorsports fan at the helm can be nothing but good news for consumers who remain excited about cars.
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