Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain General Motors Company
About GM: Mark Reuss
Mark L. Reuss is responsible for the design, engineering, program management, safety and quality of General Motors vehicles around the world. He also oversees GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization, and is a member of the GM Executive Leadership Team, as well as a member of the Opel Supervisory Board and the board of Shanghai General Motors (SGM).
From 2009-2013, Reuss was president of General Motors North America, leading GM’s performance, manufacturing, portfolio and dealer network in the United States, Canada and Mexico. During Reuss’ tenure, GM’s North America region produced consistent profits and improved margins during a product renaissance that included the launch of a slate of award-winning vehicles.
Previously, Reuss served briefly as GM’s vice president of engineering after spending two years overseas as vice president and managing director of Australia and New Zealand. During this time, he also was a member of the GM Asia Pacific Strategy Board.
Reuss is a mechanical engineer who began his career with GM as an intern in 1983. He has held numerous engineering and management positions with GM brands, including serving as chief engineer of GM’s large luxury vehicles and manufacturing body shop tooling launches.
He also created and led the GM Performance Division in 2001 while serving as executive director of Architecture Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for GM’s racing vehicles including the V-Series Cadillacs and SS Chevrolets. In 2005, he was appointed executive director of GM’s North America Vehicle Systems and Architecture, and one year later was named executive director of Global Vehicle Integration, Safety and Virtual Development.
A lifelong auto enthusiast, Reuss is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the Nürburgring Motorsport Racetrack in Germany, and he earned his license for Grand American Road Racing. His first car was a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which he bought and restored himself.
Reuss was born and raised in the Detroit area and is deeply committed to revitalizing the city via education, community and philanthropy. In 2010, he spearheaded a $27.1-million grant to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to improve graduation rates at seven Detroit-area highschools. He also was instrumental in bringing the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix back to the city, which generates millions in economic impact for the region.
He holds a bachelor of engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from Duke University.
Reuss is a member of the Exelis Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Skillman Foundation Board of Trustees; the University of Michigan Ross School Of Business Advisory Board; the Cranbrook Schools Board of Trustees, and is vice chairman of the GM Foundation.