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New GM President Reuss Will Lead Electric/Driverless Vehicle Efforts

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New GM president Mark Reuss


GM President Mark Reuss

A seasoned product-development veteran will oversee General Motors as it pushes forward with plans to build more electric and autonomous vehicles.

Mark Reuss, who was named the new president of GM last week, is now in charge of carrying out GM’s ambitious plan to develop and bring to market 20 new zero-emissions vehicles by 2020. He’s also continuing in his previous jobs as global product chief and head of Cadillac.

Reuss is well-prepared to take on his new responsibilities. He’s worked at GM since 1983, piling up relevant experience along the way. Over the years, Reuss has overseen a range of global engineering and product development initiatives for GM. Most recently, he helped Cadillac hone a plan to release a new vehicle every six months through 2021.

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“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,” said Mary Barra, GM’s CEO and chairman. “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.”

Reuss succeeds Dan Ammann as GM president. Ammann recently moved over to head up Cruise, GM’s autonomous vehicle division.

The automaker is in the midst of a major restructuring — including job cuts, plant closings, executive shuffles, and a plan to double spending on electrification and driverless vehicles over the next two years.

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News Source: The Detroit News, CNET